COVID-19 CASE UPDATE: With winter fast approaching and confirmed COVID-19 cases now at 7,220, Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has urged South Africans to continue to stay home to ease the burden on the country’s healthcare system. He has also asked citizens to please wear their masks when out in public and to wash their hands on a regular basis to curb the spread of the virus. Seven more fatalities have been recorded, bringing the total number to 138. Of the seven deaths, six were recorded in the Western Cape, while the other was in KwaZulu-Natal. In a statement issued last night, Mkhize said to date, the country has conducted more than 257,000 tests, with more than 11,000 of these done in the past 24 hours.
In Gauteng, Mkhize announced yesterday that the province now has 1,661 coronavirus cases. Gauteng still has 14 deaths as the latest death was recorded on Sunday. Mkhize says he is pleased to announce that Gauteng has reported 979 recoveries.