Minister of Health Dr.Zweli Mkhize says a total 525 cases have been found in the last 24 hours, meanwhile, 8 more death cases were reported.
The total confirmed virus cases in the country stands at 9,420 with the deaths toll at 186.
Mkhize says testing scale have been increased, leading to more cases per day.
“There are a number of areas with cluster outbreaks. We can confirm that number of daily testing has increased. However there is a shortage of reagents and test kits globally,” Mkhize said.
Western Cape COVID-19 patients to be hospitalized
Meanwhile, the minister says they want to ensure that those who are positive get hospitalized to contain the infections.
“Now we are going to ensure that everyone who is positive will be hospitalized
“To break the cycle you have to ensure that whoever is positive is isolated and whoever is associated is quarantined,” Mkhize said.
The total number of tests conducted are 324079.
The number of confirmed cases per provinces are now: WC- 4809, NC-28, EC-1078, KZN 1308, FS-134, NW-41, GP-1910, MP-61, Limpopo-51.
Encouragingly, the number of COVID-19 recoveries have also increased to 3,983.
Health workers vaccination
Mkhize urged health workers to take a flue vaccination as they are at the frontline of helping patients.
We urge that health workers be given the flu vaccine. We want them to be well trained and well protected, as the frontline workers.
“We want to thank all health workers most profusely and sincerely. We want to thank police and army as well. We appreciate everyone and their hard work all the time,
“There is a need for us to prioritise our healthworkers, to ensure they are well trained and well protected. We have formed an Occupational Health and Safety Committee to work together with public and private sector, amongst the issues to deal with is the issue of PPE,” Mkhize said.