A total of 19,137 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus caused by Covid-19 have already been reported in South Africa. This indicates an increase of 1,134 cases in the last 24 hours.
The largest increase in cases was reported in the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape, Dr. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said at a press conference on Thursday.
Another 30 Covid-19 related deaths were reported at that time. The country’s death toll now stands at 369. Five new deaths have been reported in the Eastern Cape and 25 in the Western Cape. Mkhize says people who lit a fire are largely workers who perform essential services.
According to Mkhize, 525 433 tests have been performed to date in South Africa, of which 257 003 (49%) have been performed in the private sector and 268 430 (51%) in the public sector. A total of 18 572 tests were done in the last 24 hours.
The Western Cape still has the most Covid 19 cases (12 153) and 63% of the country’s cases occur in this province. Gauteng has 2,453 cases (12.8% of the country’s cases) and the Eastern Cape currently has 2 324 confirmed cases (12% of cases nationwide).
Mkhize said the government would now focus most of its resources on the Western Cape.
The deaths per province look like this: