A health worker takes a swab from a resident during door-to-door testing in an attempt to contain the coronavirus disease in Umlazi. Reuters
A health worker takes a swab from a resident during door-to-door testing in an attempt to contain the coronavirus disease in Umlazi. Reuters

South Africa's confirmed Covid-19 cases jump to 2 415

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Apr 14, 2020

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Johannesburg - Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced an increase of 143 new cases, taking South Africa's tally of confirmed cases to 2 415 from 2 272 on Monday. 

Mkhize said the country had now undertaken more than 87 000 tests. 

He said the Gauteng province remained the province with the leading number of cases at over 900, with the Western Cape at over 600 cases and KwaZulu-Natal, just under 500. 

On Monday night, Professor Karim had highlighted Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, as the country's Covid-19 hotspots.

Provincial Breakdown 

Gauteng 909 

Western Cape 643 

KZN 489 

Eastern Cape 174 

Free State 98 

Limpopo 24 

Mpumalanga 22 

North West 22 

Northern Cape 16 

Unallocated 18 

The country's death tally stands at 27. 

On Monday afternoon, Mkhize confirmed a 68-year-old man from the Western Cape and a 57-year-old man from Gauteng were the latest fatalities, taking the death toll to 27.

While the Western Cape patient had a history of underlying health problems, Mkhize said the Gauteng patient was a cause for concern as there was no history of underlying health problems.

Mkhize said more than 4 000 people have been referred for testing as a result of the widespread screening process tking place across the country. A team of 10 654 tracers are tasked with tracking the contacts of confirmed cases and ensuring that they are tested. 

He said the massive increase in the number of tests conducted is due to the mass roll-out programme which got of the ground across the country last week.

Globally, there have been more than 1.9 million people who have tested positive for Covid-19. There have been just over 120 000 deaths and close to 460 000 recoveries.

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