COVID-19 latest: Cases increases to 61 927, deaths stand at 1 354

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Friday 12 June that South Africa now has 61 927 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 3 359 new cases reported in the past 24-hours since Thursday’s report.

He also said that there have been a further 70 deaths resulting from the deadly virus, bringing the total number of fatalities since March to 1 354.

On Thursday, Mkhize was pleased to announce that South Africa had tested over one million people, and on Friday the total number of tests stands at 1 060 425, with 32 026 completed over the past 24-hours.

A total of 35 008 people have recovered from the virus.

Provincial COVID-19 cases: 

The following confirmed COVID-19 cases have been detected in each province as of Friday 12 June

  • Gauteng – 8 781 cases;
  • Western Cape – 38 926 cases; 
  • KwaZulu-Natal – 3 573 cases; 
  • Free State – 435 cases; 
  • Eastern Cape – 8 615 cases; 
  • Limpopo – 288 cases; 
  • Mpumalanga – 243 cases; 
  • North West – 865 cases; 
  • Northern Cape – 138 cases; and  
  • Unknown – 63 cases. 

Mkhize appeals to provinces to procure more hospital beds

Mkhize said earlier on Friday during his visit to the Eastern Cape, that the virus continues to cause concern due to the lack of information about it.

“COVID-19 has become a problem because it is a new disease that the human race is not accustomed to, has no immunity against and there is no treatment; and the fact that it spreads so fast is really the one that is causing a lot of concern.”

He said that with increasing daily caseload increases, provinces need to ensure that they have sufficient bed space in hospitals.

“The numbers of patients who have been hospitalised have increased in the Western Cape, largely in Gauteng and in the Eastern Cape. So, there is going to be an increase in demand for additional beds – particularly in the high care and ICU departments.”



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