Coronavirus focus shifts to Eastern Cape spike

Coronavirus focus shifts to Eastern Cape spike

The Department of Health is set to focus on the Eastern Cape as the number of Covid-19 continues to escalate.

Nurse holds a swab for the coronavirus / covid19 test stock photo

The number of people infected with coronavirus in the province now stands at 4526.


Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, says in a statement the outbreak in the province follows the same pattern that drove up the amount of cases in the Western Cape.


"The two provinces now consist of 78% of all positive cases, additional attention is being directed to Eastern Cape to ensure the province can adequately respond to limit the escalation of infection," says Mkhize.


The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country stands at 37 525.


A total of 19 682 recoveries have been reported which means the country has a recovery rate of 52,45%.


Mkhize says 792 patients have lost their lives to the coronavirus.


"Regrettably, we report 37 more Covid-19 related deaths: 7 in the Eastern Cape, 1 in Kwa-Zulu Natal and 29 in Western Cape," says Mkhize.



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