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As of Wednesday, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 18 003 with 339 deaths, the health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has said in a statement, as he reports the first neonatal fatality as a direct result of the disease

“Sadly we have recorded the first neonatal mortality related to Covid-19 – this was a two-day-old baby that was born prematurely and therefore had lung difficulties, which required ventilation support immediately after birth.

“The mother had tested positive for Covid-19 and the child subsequently tested positive for Covid-19 as well. It is important to appreciate the complexities of the underlying condition of prematurity” at birth, the statement said.

“We extend a special word of comfort to the mother of this child and salute the neonatologists, nurses and all allied and technical personnel who had the difficult task of caring for the neonate to the end.” it said.

The minister also said the health department was devastated by the death of a health care worker in the Western Cape. “When Covid-19 claims the lives of the very people who are the bedrock of the national response, we feel the loss in so many ways,” the minister said.

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“I want to send a special tribute to the health care workers who continue to serve with honour and compassion, despite the real risks they face in the front line,” he said.

“My heart goes out to the family, colleagues and loved ones of this compatriot: we salute her for the contribution she has made to the fight against Covid-19.

“We wish to express our condolences to all the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who cared for the deceased,” Mkhize said.

The number of confirmed cases by province is:

  • Western Cape (11 262),
  • Gauteng (2 400),
  • Eastern Cape (2 215),
  • KwaZulu-Natal (1 650),
  • Free State (180),
  • Limpopo (93),
  • Mpumalanga (93),
  • North West (72) and
  • Northern Cape (38).

With a total of 18 252 tests done in the past 24-hour cycle, 505 861 tests have been conducted in South Africa so far.

The number of recoveries in the country to date is 8 950 with most of these occurring in the Western Cape, and that more men (54,3%) have succumbed to the disease than women (45,7%).

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Author: ANA Newswire