CAPE TOWN – Despite South Africa’s 90 percent Coronavirus recovery rate, the World Health Organization has expressed concern over an increase in infections in the past seven days.
According to reports, WHO expressed concern following a six percent increase in Covid-19 cases in South Africa in the past seven days. The increase comes as the continent experiences an overall decrease in infections.
The increase in the number of Covid-19 cases comes after the country entered alert Level 1 of the lockdown, last week Monday. South Africa is one of 16 countries that have shown an increase.
South African authorities warned that the country could see a devastating resurgence of Covid-19 if all the protocols are not observed as the country relaxes lockdown regulations.
Non-compliance with social distancing, sanitising and some people removing their masks in public spaces have been reported.
As of Sunday, the number of confirmed Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in South Africa was 670,766, with 1268 new cases identified. The number of Covid-19-related deaths increased by 22, bringing the total to 16,398, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said.
“Regrettably, we report 22 more Covid-19 related deaths – seven from the Eastern Cape, five from KwaZulu-Natal, two from Gauteng, five from the North West, and three from the Western Cape. This brings the total number of Covid-19-related deaths to 16,398,”
“We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers that treated the deceased patients. Our recoveries now stand at 603,721 which translates to a recovery rate of 90 percent,” Mkhize said.
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