Tuesday, 28 July 2020 21:40

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Health minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that there are now a total of 459,761 cases of coronavirus in South Africa.

This is an increase of 7,232 cases from the 452,529 infections reported on Monday.

The total number of tests conducted to date is 2 830 635 with 28 424 new tests conducted since the last report.

A further 190 new COVID-19 related deaths were reported: 11 from Eastern Cape, 55 from Gauteng, 62 from KwaZulu Natal, 49 from Western Cape, and 13 from North West.

This brings the cumulative number of deaths to 7 257.

The number of recoveries currently stands at 287 313 which translates to a recovery rate of 62,5%

Meanwhile Premier Oscar Mabuyane has warned the Eastern Cape will be bracing for their toughest month in August in the fight against Covid-19 as cases of infections are expected to double. 

Mabuyane made the announcement during a coronavirus command council briefing in Bhisho on Tuesday.

"Our forecast is that August is the eye of the Covid-19 storm. All of us must buckle up because we are about to have tough times of our lifetime.

"We expect a surge in infections to almost double over the next six weeks. 

"This will put our already strained health systems under more pressure, particularly on the availability of critical care beds.

More than 16.5 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. Some 9.6 million patients have recovered, and more than 654,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Nearly 45 million people in 13 countries in southern Africa are food-insecure as a result of drought and flood and the impact of coronavirus, the region's bloc has said. 

The tally has risen almost 10 percent over last year, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said in a report. 

"Common climate-induced shocks ... economic challenges and poverty have been further exacerbated by the devastating impact of COVID-19 on communities," it said. Coronavirus restrictions have badly affected business activity, jobs and remittances.

Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.