COVID-19 - The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country stands at 1 462. The Minister of Health, Dr. Zweli Mkhize, announced the increase in cases at Universitas Hospital in the Free State, where he met with the COVID-19 task team in the province. Five deaths have been recorded, with two yet to be confirmed.
The Free State became a hotbed for COVID-19 infections after several people, who attended a Divine Restoration Ministries church conference, tested positive. Mkhize, who attributed the restraint of the spread to the nationwide lockdown, warned against complacency and emphasized that the country is only on the cusp of the outbreak.
More than one million cases of coronavirus have been reported globally, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University. This grim milestone comes as the world grapples with the spreading pandemic. Nearly 53 000 people have died and more than 210 000 have recovered, according to the US university’s figures. The US has the most cases, and about 1 000 died there in the past day.