Monday, 04 May 2020 22:05


The Department of Health has announced that the country's confirmed COVID-19 cases now stood at 7,220.

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said there were 437 new infections, taking the total cases to 7220. There were also 7 more deaths, taking the death toll to 138, with the Western Cape recording the most cases, at 3362, and the most deaths, at 64. 

Mkhize has urged South Africans to continue to stay home to ease the burden on the country’s healthcare system.

“Stay home if you do not have to venture out,” said the Minister on Monday.

In a statement issued, Mkhize said to date, the country has conducted 257 541 tests, with 11 794 of these done in the past 24 hours.

Mkhize added that as the winter season sets in, society will be confronted with the additional burden of influenza and other pneumonias, bronchiolitis in children, exacerbations of asthma and chronic obstructive airways disease and winter related trauma, like burn injuries.

“I therefore urge every South African to continue to play their part in easing the load on the health care system. Stay home if you do not have to venture out, wear a mask at all times in public places, wash your hands regularly and disinfect surfaces you normally come into contact with,” He said.

As at 2 May, said the Minister, 411 COVID-19 patients were hospitalised.

“This translates to approximately 5% of all COVID-19 confirmed patients and this is consistent with the hospitalisation rates that were seen in China. Our mortality rate has remained stable at around 1.9%, since the first death was reported,” he said.

He said this is below the world average, which is 3.4%, as estimated by the World Health Organisation.

“As a reminder to all South Africans, the principle of flattening the curve is to limit the spread of infection such that the numbers do not rise to the extent that they overwhelm the health care system,” he said.

He also urged employers, whose businesses have opened, to take all the necessary measures to protect their employees. I salute our health professionals - our doctors, nurses, care workers, community workers, allied health professionals, medical technicians, pharmacists, porters, cleaners, laboratory technicians and all our foot soldiers in the front line of health care, who continue to serve under these trying times.