South Africa's COVID-19 fatalities rise to 7

Elias Hubbard
April 6, 2020

The total number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in South Africa has increased to 1,585, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement on Saturday evening.

During the briefing, Mkhize confirmed that there are 1 505 cases of coronavirus, an increase of 43 cases from the previous day.

He also announced two more deaths resulting from complications related to the virus.

"We also want to report sadly 2 more deaths from KZN - An 80-year-old male and 81-year-old female."
Both of them have no record of worldwide travel.

"The THPs and I agreed that there must be an ongoing channel of communication with the department for proper coordination and information sharing that will assist in this fight against the Covid-19 virus", Mkhize said.

With South Africa finishing its first full week of a national lockdown - with regulations that have been seen as extreme measures - Mkhize said interventions were bearing fruit.

They jointly shared the concern about the disastrous effect of the pandemic that it may have in the African continent, given the levels of poverty and explosive spread in densely populated areas of human settlement.

For 21 days, South Africans are only allowed out of their homes to buy essential items from food stores and only essential workers are allowed to go to work.The sale of alcohol and cigarettes has been prohibited.

Speaking at Khayelitsha Hospital on Friday, he said he would like to convey Government's condolences to the families and friends of these individuals.

"The health workers have been seized with the task of having to save the lives of our people".

"Since the lockdown, these THPs have not been able to provide these herbal remedies to their patients", Mkhize said. "But President [Cyril] Ramaphosa is looking at additional support of various other countries, looking for whatever is possible", he said.

"It doesn't matter how much we spend on fighting COVID-19, it's worthwhile", he said, calling on South Africans to respect the lockdown and come for testing whenever they are called up.

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