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South Africa Has Had 45 Covid-19 Recoveries And 5 Deaths


South Africa has seen it's number of infections grow daily. There have been five deaths as the total now stands at 1462 infected with 45 recoveries. 


South Africa has been swept up in the coronavirus, much as the rest of the world has been. South Africans are currently participating in a 21 day national lockdown in order to stop the spread of the virus.

Currently, there have been a total of 1353 confirmed cases with 5 deaths in total. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has said that the rate of infections has been slower that what was expected. By now, it was expected for South to have totals between 4000 and 5000. This comes as good news, however he has also stated that it is too early to tell. 

There are currently 13 infected patients in hospital with 3 in ICU, in the Western Cape. Mkhize has stated, "The reality is we have not admitted many patients. We have admitted 55 so far. But we must be ready." 

Gauteng has the highest number of infections at 662 cases and Western Cape follows with 393 cases while 45 people in total have recovered from their symptoms nationwide. The five deaths are as follows: two in Kwazulu-Natal, one in Western Cape, one in Free State and one in Gauteng. Government is in the process of assessing two further fatalities but the death toll remains at five.

The first death was that of a 48 year old woman in the Western Cape with an underlying condition of pulmonary embolism. She had been in ICU for number of days.

The second death was Pastor John Hlangeni, an 85 year old male from the Free State who was admitted to hospital over the weekend. He belonged to the Global Reconciliation Church in Bloemfontein where a number of cases were found. He contracted it by attending a church gathering where other five international guests who tested positive for Covid-19 were also in attendance. 

The third death is that of a male from Gauteng. He was 79 years old from Mogale City in the West Rand and had no history of health issues. He travelled to Cape Town, around Krugersdorp. 

The two deaths in Kwazulu-Natal is that of a 74 year old male and a 47 year old female. The 74 year old male was in ICU and under ventilation in a private hospital in Ladysmith. He had an underlying condition, a form of skin cancer, that of melanoma. The deceased had travelled to the Kruger National Park with his family and when he returned, he had flu-like symptoms. 

The 46 year old female from Kwazulu-Natal had underlying conditions which made her more vulnerable to the virus. She suffered from chronic asthma as well as hypertension. She was an educator from Platt Drive Primary School in Isipingo, south of Durban. 

Minister Mkhize encourages the use of masks in order to prevent the spread of infection. Especially if the individual is not able to maintain social distancing and has symptoms of the virus. 



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