Former pro basketball player, model, and actor, Vincent Ntunja donated dozens of masks to street vendors in Gugulethu, where he was born and still lives. File Picture
Former pro basketball player, model, and actor, Vincent Ntunja donated dozens of masks to street vendors in Gugulethu, where he was born and still lives. File Picture

More than 3100 Covid-19 recoveries for South Africa - Health Minister

By Sihle Mlambo Time of article published May 7, 2020

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Johannesburg - Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says 3 153 South Africans have now recovered from the deadly Covid-19 virus, which has claimed the lives of more than 150 people in the country so far. 

Mkhize announced late on Wednesday evening that 236 new cases and 5 more people had died from the coronavirus, taking the country’s case total to 7 808 and the death toll to 153. 

On average, it takes 14 days for an infected patient to rid themselves of the virus. 

Mkhize said three were about 411 people who had been hospitalised around the country because of the virus as of the start of May.

“This translates to approximately 5% of all Covid-19 confirmed patients and this is consistent with the hospitalization rates that were seen in China. 

“Our mortality rate has remained stable at around 1.9% since the first death was reported. This is below the world average which is 3.4% as estimated by the World Health Organisation,” he said. 

Estimated active cases, minus the deceased and those who have fully recovered from the virus, are estimated at around 4500 cases. 

Leading the charge with the most recovered patients is the Western Cape, with 1122 people now ‘Covid-19 free’. Incidentally, the same province has the most cases, at 3760, and the most deaths, at 73. 

Active cases in the province are estimated at around 2565. 

Gauteng has the second most recoveries, at 1036 and has an estimated 669 active cases. 

LATEST BREAKDOWN


Recoveries

Active Cases

Total Infected

Total Deaths

South Africa

3153

4502

7808

153

Western Cape

1122

2565

3760

73

Gauteng

1036

669

1720

15

KZN

420

731

1189

38

Eastern Cape

388

443

849

18

Free State

102

22

130

6

Limpopo

27

10

40

3

Mpumalanga

22

35

57

0

North West

20

17

37

0

Northern Cape

16

10

26

0


In KZN, there are 420 recoveries, Eastern Cape - 388, Free State - 102, Limpopo - 27, Mpumalanga - 22, North West - 20, and the Northern Cape - 16.

Estimated active cases are as follows: KZN - 731, Eastern Cape - 443, Mpumalanga - 35, Free State - 22, North West - 17, Limpopo - 10, and Northern Cape - 10.

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