Zweli Mkhize, a South African Minister of Health, wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus, looks on during the handing over for the emergency medical equipment for COVID-19 from China, at OR Tambo Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, April 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Zweli Mkhize, a South African Minister of Health, wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus, looks on during the handing over for the emergency medical equipment for COVID-19 from China, at OR Tambo Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, April 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

SA’s Covid-19 cases rise to 2506, death toll now at 34

By Sihle Mlambo Time of article published Apr 15, 2020

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Johannesburg - South Africa’s confirmed Covid-19 cases have increased to 2506 with seven new deaths, taking the death tally to 34, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Wednesday afternoon.  

This means that there are 91 new cases from Tuesday's tally of 2 415 cases. On Tuesday, the cases had jumped by 143 new cases.

Since the lockdown was instituted by President Cyril Ramaphosa on March 27, Tuesday’s rise of 143 new cases was the third highest spike after a 243 new cases spike on March 27 and a spike of 145 new cases on April 12.

Ramaphosa told the nation last week that the countries average daily infection rate had dropped to around 4% during the lockdown, while before the lockdown was instituted, the average daily infection rate was around 42%.

BREAKDOWN

Gauteng 930 

Western Cape 657

KZN 519 

Eastern Cape - 199

Free State 97 

Limpopo 25

North West 23

Mpumalanga 22

Northern Cape 16

Meanwhile, Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal continued to account for more than 70% of the countries cases, with more than 2000 cases between them. 

Professor Karim has also highlighted Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, as the country's Covid-19 hotspots.

Meanwhile, the Netcare Kingsway Hospital in eManzimtoti, south of Durban, had to shut down its trauma unit earlier on Wednesday after staff and patients tested positive to Covid-19. Netcare’s regional director, Craig Murphy, said the origin of the exposure has been traced to a patient who was admitted to the hospital via the emergency department on April 4 with a suspected stroke. 

Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu said she had sent a team of senior officials to investigate what had transpired and said they would expect consequence management if any negligence is found on the part of any individual.

The incident at the Kingsway Hospital follows another at the Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital, where more than 60 people linked to the hospital (staff and patients), tested positive for the virus. At least five people have died from coronavirus related deaths at the Durban hospital. 

"The department will continue to closely monitor the situation, and will expect consequence management if any negligence is found on the part of any individual," said the MEC of the Kingsway Hospital situation.

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** If you think you have been exposed to the Covid-19 virus, please call the 24-hour hotline on 0800 029 999 or visit sacoronavirus.co.za 

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