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COVID-19: Confirmed cases in SA increase by 1 713, deaths now at 792

It’s day three of Level 3 lockdown and South Africans who are returning to some semblance of normal are urged to maintain social distancing protocols to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was confirmed by the ANC earlier today that OR Tambo executive mayor Thokozile Sokanyile tested positive for COVID-19. The Eastern Cape has the second most confirmed cases in the country.

COVID-19 update: Saturday, 3 June 2020

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Twitter that the number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa now stand at 37 525; an increase of 1 713 since Tuesday, 3 June 2020.

Deaths also increased by 37, now at a total of 792, At the time of publishing, 19 682 people have recovered from the novel coronavirus. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said:

“We note the same pattern that drove up the outbreak in Western Cape is building up in the Eastern Cape. The two provinces now consist of 78% of all positive cases. Additional attention is being directed to Eastern Cape to ensure the province can adequately respond to limit the escalation of infection”.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize

Breakdown of new confirmed COVID-19 cases

New cases, deaths and recoveries by province

The confirmed COVID-19 cases per province is as follows:

Province Total Cases Deaths Recoveries
Gauteng 4 567 33 2 169
Western Cape 24 657 597 13 696
KwaZulu Natal 2 707 54 1 248
Free State 319 8 123
Eastern Cape 4 526 95 2 123
Limpopo 200 3 145
Mpumalanga 137 0 86
North West 314 1 59
Northern Cape 93 1 33
Unallocated 5 0 0

Tests and screening

As of today, a total of 785 979 tests have been conducted, of which 24 445 were done in the last 24 hours. The total number of tests conducted in the private sector stands at 388 302, of which 12 220 were done in the last 24 hours.

In addition, 397 677 tests were conducted in the public sector, with 12 225 being done within the last 24 hours. Minister Mkhize addressed the backlog of tests earlier this week as well.

Mkhize explained that there more 96 000 unprocessed tests, mainly due to the limited availability of kits globally and said SA will be sourcing as many kits as possible. He added:

“We shouldn’t panic about the fact that there are backlogs, we’ve gone all out, we’ve got a good stance of how the infection is raging. The approach is tactical, it does not really undermine our campaign”.

Global COVID-19 news: Total cases, US protests

At the time of publishing, global figures exceeded 6.5 million confirmed cases – 6 500 755 to be exact – with the death toll now standing at 383 992 and 3 095 694 recoveries.

The United States of America still has the most confirmed cases on the global scene, with 1 887 708 confirmed cases, 108 291 deaths and 646 614 recoveries. Out of the 1 132 803 active cases, 17 055 are critical.

America is fighting multiple battles at the moment. Approximately 40 million citizens are out of work due to the pandemic. In addition, widespread protests are taking place in all major cities.

Earlier this week, President Trump said in a briefing that he is America’s “president of law and order”. Meanwhile, metres from the White House, armed forces assaulted peaceful protesters at a church.

It was later revealed that authorities forcefully removed the peaceful group because Trump wanted a photo opportunity at the church, where he stood for two minutes, awkwardly holding a bible.

Watch: Military attacks peaceful protesters

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