Minister of health, Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the death toll of COVID-19 cases in South Africa has risen to 48, following seven new deaths.
In a statement on Thursday, 16 April 2020, Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that the number of reported cases of COIVID-19 currently sits at 2605, with 48 people having lost their lives because of the virus. Mkhize also confirmed that Limpopo and the Eastern Cape have recorded their first deaths, with no further information provided as to ages or comorbidities of the victims.
Deaths recorded on Wednesday, 15 April 2020, included a 71-year old woman, 79-year old male, 86-year old female, 91-year old male, 73-year old female and 79-year old female, all from KwaZulu-Natal, with a single case in Gauteng, involving a 50-year old male.
The South African government has thus far conducted a total of 95 060 COVID-19 tests, with more tests being done throughout the country daily. Despite increasing COVID-19 cases, the government has remained optimistic because of the recovery rate, with 903 people having made a full recovery.
Mkhize also thanked healthcare workers, adding, “We continue to speak strength and appreciate our dedicated health workers who are faced with these circumstances daily. We are also encouraged by the increased number of patients who have recovered from COVID-19.”