Mkhize confirms 24 COVID-19 deaths as cases breach 2,000
DURBAN - Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said that 24 people had now died in the country due to COVID-19.
Mkhize said that while the number of confirmed cases in the country had increased to 2,003, a total of 410 people had recovered from the virus.
The minister said that with over 73,000 people already tested, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s extension of the national lockdown had lifted pressure on the country’s health system.
"From that point of view, I really believe that he's put our country in a much better position to be able to fight COVID-19."
Mkhize said that following the president's announcement on Friday night that the number of new daily infections had decreased over the last two weeks, there were early signs that the national lockdown had worked to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Speaking at a media briefing in Durban on Friday, Minister Mkhize gave a provincial breakdown of the deaths - KwaZulu-Natal had 12 deaths, the Western Cape had six deaths, while Gauteng and the Free State had three each.
The minister said that except for two cases, the deceased were aged 63 and upwards. He said that South Africa was also seeing people with co-existing diseases succumbing quicker to the virus.
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