Saturday, 02 May 2020

Pretoria: South Africa has a total of 6 336 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with seven new deaths and 2 549 recoveries.

“The total number of tests conducted to date is 230 686, of which 13 164 were done in the last 24 hours. This is the highest number of tests done in a 24-hour cycle to date,” Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said on Saturday.

The data also showed that there were also 2 549 recoveries.

The provincial breakdown for COVID-19 cases is as follows:

The seven COVID-19 related deaths emanated from the Western Cape and Free State, bringing the total number of deaths to 123.

“We wish to express our condolences to the families of the deceased and salute the healthcare workers who treated the deceased patients,” Mkhize said.

The Minister also reported the Provincial Breakdown of Deaths and Recoveries as follows:

Distribution of Deaths by Gender:

Male (%)  71 (58%)
Female (%) 52 (42%)

Distribution of Deaths by Age:

The median age of patients who died was 64 .

The Minister has urged South Africans, who are over 63 years of age and those who live with comorbidities such as hypertension and diabetes, to take extra precaution as South Africa eases its lockdown.

“We have looked at the data for patients who have been hospitalised and found that, consistent with evidence emerging worldwide, hypertension, diabetes and cardiac disease are the three most common co-morbidities associated with serious illness from COVID-19.”

He further called on all South Africans to continue to stay at home as far as possible, only venturing out to perform essential tasks.