COVID-19 latest: Confirmed cases in SA at 6 336, deaths at 123

Dr Zweli Mkhize confirmed that South Africa's COVID-19 infections continue to rise. The disease is currently in 212 countries worldwide.

COVID-19 latest: Confirmed cases in SA at 6 336, deaths at 123

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa spiked by 385. On the second day of level 4 lockdown restrictions, the Health Ministry of South Africa provided the following update.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa on 2 May

Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a media statement that coronavirus infections increased from 5 951 on 1 May 2020 to 6 336 on Saturday. According to the minister, 2 549 patients have recovered.

In addition, the death toll increased by seven. As of today, 123 COVID-19-related deaths have been recorded, with the new cases from the Western Cape and the Free State.

Breakdown by province in South Africa on 2 May

At the time of publishing, the Western Cape still has the most confirmed cases with a total of 2 700, followed by Gauteng with 1 598 cases, KwaZulu-Natal with 1 051 and Eastern Cape with 732.

In addition, 121 cases have been confirmed for the Free State, along with 36 confirmed cases in Limpopo, 40 cases in Mpumalanga, 23 cases in the Northern Cape and 35 cases in North West. Minister Mkhize says:

“We have looked at the data for patients who have been hospitalised and found that, consistent with the evidence emerging worldwide, hypertension, diabetes and cardiac disease are the three most common co-morbidities associated with serious illness from COVID-19.”

Dr Zwelini Mkhize, Minister of Health.

Recoveries per province as at 29 April

  • Eastern Cape: 275
  • Free State: 96
  • Gauteng: 948
  • KwaZulu Natal: 375
  • Limpopo: 25
  • Mpumalanga: 18
  • North West: 20
  • Northern Cape: 13
  • Western Cape 779

COVID-19 tests and screening in South Africa

As of today, a total of 230 686 tests have been conducted, of which 13 164 were done in the last 24 hours. This is the most test done in a 24-hour period in South Africa since the breakout.

Global COVID-19 Statistics

On Saturday 2 May, global cases stand at 3 427 406; and 240 519 deaths. More than 1 094 117 people have recovered from the virus since the first cases were recorded in Wuhan, China, five months ago.

The WHO predicts that the length of the pandemic will likely be another two years as approximately 60% to 70% of the population has to reach a critical threshold of herd immunity to halt the pandemic.

This may be complicated by the fact that we don’t yet know the duration of immunity to natural SARS-CoV-2 infection. Based on seasonal coronaviruses, we can anticipate that even if immunity declines after exposure, there may still be some protection against disease severity and reduced contagiousness, but this remains to be assessed for SARS-CoV-2.

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Cape Town mayor to open case for alleged Strandfontein misinformation

Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato said he was "appalled by the Weekend Argus front page" on Saturday 1 May.

Cape Town mayor to open case for alleged Strandfontein misinformation

In the wake of the drama that has unfolded around the temporary shelter for the homeless in Strandfontein, the Cape Town mayor plans to lay a criminal complaint against Independent Media and the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU).

Dan Plato, City of Cape Town mayor, confirmed that the municipality would be laying a criminal complaint after the Weekend Argus on Saturday ran an article with the headline Fears of Homeless Outbreak.

The article alleged that the municipality had acted negligently by exposing both the homeless housed at the Strandfontein camp and the population of the city to potential COVID-19 infection.

Alleged false claims

According to Plato, the complaint against Independent Media and SAMWU was for spreading misinformation about COVID-19. He explained:

“The content is based on lies and misinformation, is irresponsible and is nothing but fear-mongering and an attempt to spread panic among residents with little regard to the serious consequences and impact it will have on people’s lives.”

Plato added that “this is a stressful and anxious time for all South Africans,” and it is his belief that the “blatantly malicious and irresponsible” article would result in spreading panic amongst the city’s residents.

Plato has stated that the article would lead the public to believe that the residents of the Strandfontein camp were infected with COVID-19 by nine law-enforcement officials and that the homeless being released from the camp would spread the virus to the rest of the population.

Negative COVID-19 results

Earlier in the week, the mayor had stated that two temporary staff members of the Joint Operations Centre at the Strandfontein camp tested positive for COVID-19.

According to Plato, neither of the staff members had contact with the homeless people housed at the Strandfontein facility, as the operations centre was separated from the living areas of the camp’s residents.

As a result of the infections, the centre was closed and sanitised on Monday and was back in use two days later.

In addition, officials who had interacted with infected staff members have been isolated and tested; the results were negative.

COVID-19 tests and screenings at Strandfontein

Plato also took issue with claims in the Weekend Argus article which suggested that none of the homeless housed at the Strandfontein camp had been tested for COVID-19.

According to the City of Cape Town Mayor, every person housed at the facility had been screened at least twice while living at the camp. Plato concluded:

“It is crucial for government and media to work together, and we expect to be held accountable for our shortcomings. However, the media also has a very important responsibility to report fairly, and with context and balance.”

Source : The South African More   

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