COVID-19 latest: Cases rise to 4 996, deaths increase by three

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced an increase of 203 in COVID-19 cases in South Africa, with three more deaths since Monday.

COVID-19 latest: Cases rise to 4 996, deaths increase by three

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on the evening of Tuesday 28 April that the South African COVID-19 caseload had risen to 4 996, an increase of 203 cases since Monday.

He said that deaths had increased by three, with all of them occurring in the Western Cape. There have been 93 deaths in total.

One of the casualties was a 67-year-old male, another was a 70-year-old male, and the third a 79-year-old female.

185 497 tests have been completed in total and the good news is that 2 073 people have successfully recovered from the virus.

Mkhize made the announcement before a briefing alongside chair of South Africa’s COVID-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, who outlined the latest high-level technical information available to the committee.

Western Cape’s ‘higher testing may skew data’

The Western Cape remains the epicentre of the virus domestically, and the recent spike in numbers there have caused warranted concern for the Premier, Alan Winde, who said on Tuesday that the number of cases being reported are the result of a significantly higher testing rate.

He also suggested that the figures may be skewed as a result, with far more reported cases suggesting a higher frequency of transmission in the province when the reality may actually be far less severe compared to other provinces.

We’ve definitely got a much higher positive test rate than the rest of the country… We are tracking and tracing at a higher level.

We are very strict with that [contact tracing], and I don’t think that’s happening in other provinces. So are the numbers measuring like for like? I don’t think so.

Provincial breakdown

The provincial breakdown for South African COVID-19 cases is as follows:

  • Western Cape – 1870 cases;
  • Gauteng – 1377 cases;
  • KwaZulu-Natal – 919 cases;
  • Free State – 113 cases;
  • Limpopo – 31 cases;
  • North West – 29 cases;
  • Mpumalanga – 34 cases;
  • Northern Cape – 17 cases;
  • Eastern Cape – 616 cases;

This is a developing story.

Source : The South African More   

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Storyliners: Yolanda Mogatusi, Lehasa Moloi, Zolisa Singwanda
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