Confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa have risen by 3 809, according to Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, who issued out the latest update on Saturday night.
This sees the cumulative coronavirus cases in the country increase to 65 736, with the death toll now at 1 423 after 69 new fatalities were recorded over the past 24 hours.
The period in question also yielded 27 462 new tests, bringing the total up to 1 087 887, while the number of recoveries now stands at 36 850.
This means that the number of active ccases now tallies at 28 886.
PROVINCIAL COVID-19 CASES AND DEATH TOLL:
The following confirmed COVID-19 cases have been detected in each province as of Saturday, 13 June:
- Gauteng – 9 897 cases;
- Western Cape – 40 605 cases;
- KwaZulu-Natal – 3 763 cases;
- Free State – 457 cases;
- Eastern Cape – 9 250 cases;
- Limpopo – 309 cases;
- Mpumalanga – 271 cases;
- North West – 977 cases;
- Northern Cape – 144 cases; and
- Unknown – 63 cases.
In terms of fatalities, the Western Cape remains the heaviest affected province with the vast majority of deaths reported in the country occuring there.
Along with South Africa’s highest caseload, the province reports the most recoveries out of the nine, but still mainitains the most active cases.
|Eastern Cape||217||4 559|
|KwaZulu Natal||64||1 810|
|Western Cape||1 041||26 736|
|Total||1 423||36 850|
Difficult days loom as COVID-19 peak approaches
The last two weeks have seen a significant rise in hospitalisations related to the virus and, as a result, deaths. Mkhize has however warned that the worst is still yet to come.
“We need to remain focused; we have not quite reached the peak yet. We have a lot of difficult days ahead.”
Dr Zweli Mkhize
The spike in cases can be attributed to the easing of lockdown, which came into effect at the beginning of the month.
Experts have projected that the peak infection rate will hit South Africa from late July, with thousands of deaths predicted as a result of the coronavirus.