Thursday, 14 May 2020 21:13


South Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases stood at 12 739,with 19 more deaths recorded.

“Regrettably we report a further 19 COVID-19 related deaths. This brings the total national deaths to 238,” said Health Minister,Zweli Mkhize.

The Minister expressed his condolences to the loved ones of those who passed on, while also thanking healthcare workers who cared for the deceased.

As of Thursday night, the Eastern Cape had 1 569 cases comprising 12.3% of the national average, the Free State 145 cases, Gauteng 2 135 cases which comprised 16.8% of the national average.

KwaZulu-Natal recorded 1 444 cases, Limpopo 55, Mpumalanga 67, North West 58, Northern Cape 31 and the Western Cape 7 235 cases with 56.8 % of the national average of cases.

Mkhize has expressed concern over the clusters of coronavirus infections in the Western Cape.

The province has 7235 cases and 128 deaths.

A total 403 018 tests have been conducted with 16 666 done in the last 24-hour cycle.

During his visit, the President gave the provincial government’s preparations to deal with the scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic, the thumbs up.

“I’m particularly happy that you have awoken to the danger of this and are now putting in place a clear health strategy that is going to address this,” said Ramaphosa.

Meanwhile Gauteng premier David Makhura on Thursday announced the changing geographical locations of Covid-19 infections in the province, saying hotspots had been moving to densely populated areas such as townships.

He said there had been clear signs of emerging hotspots in Soweto, Orange Farm, Alexandra, Kathorus, KwaThema, Tembisa, Ivory Park, Soshanguve, Ennerdale, Vanderbijlpark, Pretoria West, Houghton and Yeoville.

“Covid-19 is in the townships, this is message we want to convey. Our people in the townships should not think that Covid-19 is not for them it’s somewhere else,” he said.