Thursday marked day 273 of the nationwide lockdown, and South Africa recorded a whopping 14 046 new COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours, bringing the total confirmed cases to 954 258.
Health Minister, Dr. Zweli Mkhize said that all provinces, with the exception of the Eastern Cape, continue to report increases in their cases with KwaZulu Natal, Western Cape and Gauteng registering the largest increases and comprising 81% of the new cases (30%, 28% and 23% respectively).
Sadly, 411 more people succumbed to the coronavirus in the country. Of these, the Western Cape recorded the most fatalities with 171, followed by the Eastern Cape with 101, 90 in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Gauteng with 34 more deaths, the Mpumalanga & North West province each saw 6 more people dying of COVID-19, and the Free State with 3. This brings the total COVID-19 death toll in South Africa to 25 657.
On an encouraging note, 811 372 people recovered from the coronavirus in South Africa.
Mkhize warned citizens that his team intends to review the current restrictions and consider further measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
“We must warn South Africans that we will need to review the current restrictions and consider further measures to ensure that we curb this alarming rate of spread.”
"We can never stress enough the need for citizens to take every precaution necessary as we celebrate the festive season and look for reprieve from a tough year. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is unrelenting and we therefore cannot afford to be complacent at this stage," added Mkhize.
Done By: Mitchum George