Minister of Health Dr. Zweli Mkhize has announced on Tuesday evening that the total number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa stands at 4,996 and 93 deaths cases.
This indicate an additional of 203 in the past 24 hours.
Three (3) deaths cases have been added over the past 24 hours. Meanwhile, the recoveries have also peaked reaching 2,073 cases.
Mkhize says South Africa has not seen the problem of a rapid rise of infections due to the implementation of lockdown that helped us to reduce the spread of the virus and flatten the curve.
“When we addressed the media two weeks ago, we indicated that the lockdown had reduced the spread. We haven’t stopped it. We are quite pleased with what has happened. Our model tells us even if we pushed the lockdown further, it would not have stopped the spread by much,” Mkhize says.
Cubans doctors have also landed in South Africa to help fight the pandemic in the country.
“It’s in this context we have yesterday received 217 doctors of various training and professions. They are augmenting our resources. They have a strength in community medicine, and their presence is very helpful,” he added.
Mkhize says Western Cape will get 27 doctors or specialists from Cuba, Gauteng 29, and Kwazulu-Natal 28. Others will be distributed to other provinces depending on the number of cases the province has.
The breakdown per province of total infections is as follows:
WESTERN CAPE 1870
KWAZULU – NATAL 919
EASTERN CAPE 616
FREE STATE 113
NORTH WEST 29
NORTHERN CAPE 17