COVID-19 latest: Cases increase to 12 739, deaths increase to 238

After the largest increase to date on Wednesday, cases have again risen significantly by 665, with a further 19 deaths reported.

COVID-19 latest: Cases increase to 12 739, deaths increase to 238

Following the largest 24-hour increase of cases on Wednesday, Health Minister Zweli Mkize has announced that a further 665 cases have been reported on Thursday 14 May, bringing the total number of cases to 12 738.

Deaths also increase by 19 to bring the total number of COVID-19 related fatalities to 238. This is the highest number of deaths reported over a 24-hour period since the first fatality was announced.

A total of 5 676 people have successfully recovered form the virus, with 413 018 tests having been conducted. In the last 24-hours, 16 666 tests were completed.

Provincial breakdown

The full provincial breakdown of cases in each province is as follows:

  • Gauteng – 2 135 cases;
  • Western Cape – 7 235 cases; 
  • KwaZulu-Natal – 1 444 cases; 
  • Free State – 145 cases; 
  • Eastern Cape – 1 569 cases; 
  • Limpopo – 55 cases; 
  • Mpumalanga – 67 cases; 
  • North West – 58 cases; 
  • Northern Cape – 31 cases; and 
  • Unknown – 0 cases.

The Western Cape remains by far the worst affected province with 4 518 active cases, and Premier Alan Winde confirmed that of the 19 fatalities, 12 were from the Western Cape.

“The Western Cape has recorded an additional 12 COVID-19 deaths-bringing the total number of deaths from the virus in the province to 129. We extend our condolences to their loved ones at this time,” Winde said.

“As of 1pm on 14 May, the Western Cape has 4 518 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 7 220 confirmed cases and 2 573 recoveries,” he said.

‘We must continue to battle COVID-19’

Mkize said that the lockdown had been effective in reducing the spread of the virus, but said that more work must be done to ensure that lives are saved. He added that people in need of unrelated medical treatment are also receiving attention, insisting that a balance must be struck to take care of everybody during the crisis. 

“We have managed to flatten the curve to some extent due to the lockdown. Flattening the curve is an ongoing process and we must continue to battle this.”

“To fight this outbreak we need everyone to co-operate and create conditions to reduce the spread of the virus. Our main focus is we have lives to save.”

“The crisis now is COVID-19, but we have to keep a balance with those who have other infections. We would like to continue to maintain a high quality healthcare system while battling COVID-19,” he said. 

This is a developing story.

Source : The South African More