Covid-19 infections rise to 1353, five deaths – Mkhize

CAPE TOWN- South Africa now has 1353 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 5 related deaths said Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Tuesday.

Mkhize said that the rate of infection was lower than expected by government and attributed it to measures taken by government.

He said they were concerned about internal transmission following reports of positive cases  in Khayelitsha and Alexandra townships.

On Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation in a televised speech.

He said he wished to thank South Africans for their discipline but was concerned with some that are still not adhering to lockdown regulations regulations.

“It infects the rich and poor, young and old, black and white and those who live in the cities and rural areas,”said Ramaphosa.

He also announced the start of a mass screening and testing programme across the country involving over 10 000 health workers.

He said that teams would visit homes to screen and test South Africans for Covid-19 and those with symptoms will be referred to healthcare facilities.

“We will now move into a new phase of how we respond to this virus,” said Ramaphosa.



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