CAPE TOWN, April 5 (ANA) – South African has a total of 1655 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on Sunday, an increase of 70, and a total of 11 deaths, Health Minister Dr Zwelini Mkhize said…
“The total number of Covid-19 tests conducted to date is 56,873 and increase of 2,936 from those reported yesterday [on Saturday],” Mkhize said in a statement.
“It is with sadness that we report yet another two deaths related to Covid-19. This takes the total number of Covid-19 related deaths in South Africa to 11. The first deceased patient is an 82-year-old female who was admitted to ICU on the 29th March 2020. She had presented with fever, short breath, body pains, dry cough and sore throat. She also had comorbidities that included hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol,” he said.
“The second deceased patient is an 86-year-old male admitted to hospital on the 26th March 2020, with a diagnosis of bronchopneumonia and respiratory distress. He had an underlying condition of chronic obstructive airway disease (COAD). We convey our condolences to the family of the deceased and thank the health workers who were treating these deceased patients.”
Cases confirmed around the country
Gauteng has 704 confirmed cases, Western Cape 454, KwaZulu-Natal has 246, Free State has 87, Eastern Cape 31, Limpopo 19, Mpumalanga has 18, eleven in North West, and eight in Northern Cape. There were also 77 unallocated cases.
Meeting with Coordinating Committee of the African Union’s Continental Response
Mkhize said a meeting of the Coordinating Committee of the African Union’s Continental Response to Covid-19 was held on Saturday and was co-chaired, by President Cyril Ramaphosa – the current chairperson of the African Union. The meeting was attended by 10 health ministers from African countries who received a briefing from the Director of the Africa Centres of Disease Control and Prevention (ACDC), Dr John Nkengasong.
UPDATE: There are now 1655 confirmed cases of #COVID19, an increase of 70 new cases. We’re saddened that there is an increase in the number of deaths, our deepest condolences. #StaySafe #StayAtHomeSA pic.twitter.com/bmHpHDAHTG
— NICD (@nicd_sa) April 5, 2020
“The ministers of health acknowledged that the rapid spread of the Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented public health disaster. We jointly shared the concern about the disastrous effect this pandemic may have in the African continent, given the levels of poverty and explosive spread in densely populated areas of human settlement,” Mkhize.
“All countries shared their experiences thus far and it was agreed that we must strengthen our coordination efforts as a continent in order to limit the number of deaths and reduce the uncontrollable spread of this pandemic. We further agreed that we will share best practices and embark on a strategy to fundraise jointly in order to ensure self-sufficiency, promote manufacturing within the continent and pool procurement within member countries.”
— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) April 5, 2020
Public health care strategies
He said that this would contribute to balancing the public health care strategies while contributing in protecting economies of the African countries.
Mkhize said the AU health ministers also supported the initiative to coordinate technical experts, researchers and clinicians under the umbrella of the ACDC.
South Africa is currently under a 21-day national lockdown until April 16, implemented by Ramaphosa to flatten the curve of Covid-19 infections.
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Author: ANA Newswire