As the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa rises to 7,220, health minister Zweli Mkhize says that 411 people have been hospitalised during the past 24 hours, which translates to about 5% of all Covid-19 confirmed patients
This is consistent with the hospitalisation rates that were seen in China, the minister says, adding that the mortality rate in the country is stable at about 1,9% since the first death was reported compared with the global figure of 3,4% as estimated by the World Health Organisation.
The highest infection rate in the nine provinces is Western Cape with 3,362 confirmed cases followed by Gauteng with 1,661, KwaZulu-Natal with 1,106 and Eastern Cape (814).
Free State, which has 125, is followed by Mpumalanga with 53, Limpopo (39), North West (35) and Northern Cape (25).
A total of 257,541 tests have been conducted to date with 11,794 new tests since Sunday – 61% of the new tests have been conducted by the public sector and 39% by the private sector. Overall, both sectors have been responsible for roughly 50% of the total tests carried out.
The minister said that the government was saddened to report seven more deaths from Covid-19, six from Western Cape and one from KZN, bringing the total to 138.
“We wish to express our condolences to the families of the deceased and thank the health care workers who treated these patients,” Mkhize said.
The Western Cape reported the highest number of deaths at 64, with comparatively the lowest number of recoveries, at 833.
“We are, however, pleased to report 2,746 recoveries as of 2 May (Saturday).”
The minister said again that the aim was to flatten the curve to limit the spread of the virus so that the number of infections did not “overwhelm the health care system”.
“As winter sets in we will be confronted with the additional burden of influenza and other pneumonias, bronchiolitis in children, exacerbation of asthma and chronic obstructive airways disease and winter related trauma, like burn injuries.
“I therefore urge each and every South African to continue to play your part in easing the load on the health care system – stay home if you do not have to venture out, wear a mask at all times in public places, wash your hands regularly and disinfect surfaces you normally come into contact with.
“I also urge employers whose businesses have opened to take all the necessary measures to protect their employees.
“I salute our health professionals – our doctors, nurses, care workers, community workers, allied health professionals, medical technicians, pharmacists, porters, cleaners, laboratory technicians and all our foot soldiers in the front line of health care who continue to serve under these trying times,” Mkhize said.
— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) May 4, 2020
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Author: ANA Newswire