The Department of Health has announced a total of 4,739 Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and 90 deaths in South Africa as in 27 April 2020.
Minister of Health Dr. Zweli Mkhize says a total of 9,827 tests were done within the last 24 hours. South Africa has tested a total of 178,470 people in the country.
COVID-19 deaths cases in South Africa
Zweli Mkhize says three (3) people have died in the past 24 hours due to coronavirus.
“We regret to report a further three deaths; two from Western Cape and one from KZN. This bring the total cumulative COVID-19 deaths to 90,” Mkhize says.
- A 79-year-old male who presented with shortness of breath and chest pain. His co-motives included diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney disease and cardiac disease (WC)
- A 58-year-old male who presented with imminent cardiovascular arrest. He was a person living with HIV and had obesity. (WC)
- A 54-year-old male who presented with respiratory distress. He had underlying diabetes.
Mkhize conveyed condolences to the families and thanked the health workers who treated the deceased patients
Breakdown of cases per provinces in SA
- GAUTENG 1353
- WESTERN CAPE 1737
- KWAZULU – NATAL 902
- EASTERN CAPE 588
- FREE STATE 111
- LIMPOPO 31
- MPUMALANGA 26
- NORTH WEST 28
- NORTHERN CAPE 17
- UNALLOCATED 0
Coronavirus recoveries in South Africa
Of the 4,793 COVID-19 positive cases in South Africa, 1,473 have already recovered (tested negative).
Cuban health specialists arrive in SA to help fight COVID-19
Following a request from President Cyril Ramaphosa, Cuba sent the specialists to support South Africa’s efforts in curbing the spread of COVID-19.
Over 200 health professionals from Cuba have arrived in South Africa to help the country fight the pandemic.
“Just before the stroke of midnight on Sunday evening, 217 health specialists from Cuba touched down at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Gauteng,” Mkhize announced.
The group of 217 health workers consists of:
- experts in the fields of epidemiology, biostatistics, and public health
- family physicians to guide interventions through door-to-door testing and to assist local health workers in health promotion and disease surveillance at the community level
- healthcare technology engineers to assist in maintaining the inventory, deployment and repair of aged medical equipment
- experts to provide technical assistance working with local experts
The medical brigade received a warm welcome from International Relations and Cooperation minister Naledi Pandor, deputy Health minister Joe Phaahla and Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu.
In a statement on Sunday, Health minister Zweli Mkhize said the strong social and political solidarity and support that exists between the two countries have been seen in various development programmes.
“As the Department of Health, we have continuously enjoyed this support through the ongoing medical training programme of South African students in Cuba. As Cuba did in the difficult times of apartheid, it has once again lent its hand by sending health workers who are specialised in the areas of Family Medicine, Infection Prevention Control, Case Management, Regulatory Authority, Epidemiology and Surveillance, Health Technology and Biostatistics,” Mkhize said.