Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that five more South Africans have lost their lives to the coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the death toll to 18.
In a statement on Wednesday, 8 April 2020, Zweli Mkhize informed the public that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country has risen to 1 845, with an increase of 96 since the last report. Furthermore, five more people have succumbed to the virus, bringing the death toll to 18. The deceased include a 55-year-old male and a 77-year-old male from the Free State, a 49-year-old male and a 52-year-old male from Gauteng, and a 70-year-old male from KwaZulu-Natal.
Gauteng remains the province with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 782, with the Western Cape following with 495. Mkhize has also reported that the total number of COVID-19 tests conducted to date is 63 776, which is an increase of 5 678 since the last report.
See the full statement below.
Minister @DrZweliMkhize reports 1845 positive cases as of 8 April.
The number of deaths as result of the virus has also increased to 18.#Covid19inSA #CoronavirusInSA #Day13ofLockdown pic.twitter.com/RhEBqtKKxO
— Department of Health: COVID-19 (@COVID_19_ZA) April 8, 2020