Another 22 people in South Africa died from Covid-19.
The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus has increased by 919 and now stands at 16 433, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Monday.
The vast majority of cases – a total of 10 035 or 61.1% of cases – were recorded in the Western Cape.
Covid-19 mortality in this province now stands at 166.
Over 14,000 tests were done in the previous 24 hours.
Most Covid-19 deaths were men. A total of 160 men and 126 women died in South Africa due to the viral disease. They were mostly between the ages of 50 and 79, Mkhize said.
“As we prepare for the relaxation of seclusion regulations, high-risk age groups and those with underlying illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, heart problems, and people who are overweight or HIV-positive must take extra precautions to prevent potential exposure to Covid-19,” the minister said.
So far, 7,298 people from the 16,433 cases have recovered from the disease.
Numbers in prisons are still rising
Meanwhile, the confirmed number of Covid-19 cases in the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) continues to increase. The figure now stands at 605, of whom 186 are department officials and 419 prisoners.
The Western and Eastern Cape has the highest incidence of viral disease and so far two deaths have been reported in each of these provinces.
“Healthcare professionals are providing tremendous service and there are regular patients who are recovering. It is therefore crucial that preventive measures are effective in correctional centers to prevent infection and reduce the number of active cases, ”DKD spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said.