Monday, 12 October 2020 21:44


Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa has recorded 693 359 detected COVID-19 cases.

This is an increase of 888 new cases identified since the last report.

The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 418 418 with 10 977 new tests conducted since the last report.

A further 83 more COVID-19 related deaths were recorded: 17 from Eastern Cape, 43 from the Free State, 2 from KwaZulu Natal, 11 from Gauteng, 3 in North West and 7 from Western Cape,said Mkhize.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 17 863.

Of the 83 deaths reported today, occurred in the past 24-48 hours: 1 in the Free State, 2 in Gauteng and 5 in the Western Cape.

The minister added that the recoveries now stand at 624 659 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%.

Mkhize said the number of infections has been around 10,000 per week for about five weeks and there has been a increase in cases in the past two weeks. 

"We have to be very realistic here and not deal with it emotionally or try to create a controversy about it,Mkhize said.

It's a straightforward issue, that we cannot tell whether we will get a second wave or not but the risk is there. At this moment, we have not seen a rise that is indicating there is a second wave but we can't say people must be complacent, the minister said.

COVID-19 is still with us,especially if we start thinking that we should be complacent and forget about masks and social distancing.

Those are the risk that we have to carry but if we are not careful it can arise quickly...but we can still contain it if we all follow containment measures."

Africa accounts for 17 percent of the global population but only 3.5 percent of the reported global COVID-19 deaths.

Meanwhile Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will likely extend the national state of disaster by another month this week, as government relies on the regulations to deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Government declared a national state of disaster under Section 27(1) and Section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act on 15 March 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

While the state of disaster was originally set to lapse on 15 June, the act provides that the state of disaster may be extended by the Cogta minister – by notice in the gazette – for one month at a time before it lapses.

The current extension will end on Thursday, 15 October. However, with the country still sitting with over 50,000 active cases of Covid-19, and over 1,000 new infections every day, it is very likely that the Dlamini-Zuma will again extend the state of disaster.

Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.