SA’s #Covid19 cases pass 20,000 mark

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Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize PHOTO: PIERCE VAN HEERDEN
The number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa has increased to 20,125, with another 28 fatalities reported in the last day, the ministry of health said on Friday, bringing the total number of deaths linked to the virus to 397.

The Western Cape is home to 64 percent of the cases recorded by Friday, with 12,888 infections, followed by Gauteng with 2,521 infections and the Eastern Cape with 2,459. KwaZulu-Natal has 1,735 infections.

Cape Town remained the epicentre of infections, with nearly 2,000 in the Tygerberg area, 1,673 in Khayelitsha and 1,451 in the Klipfontein area, which is also on the Cape Flats, according to figures provided on Friday by the provincial government.

It was confirmed by Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Fikile Majola on Friday that there is considerable debate within government on whether areas such as these with a high incidence of infection should be kept at a higher level of restrictions when the government scales back the current lockdown to level 3.

The official opposition Democratic Alliance, which is in power in the province, vehemently opposes a differentiated approach and has called for the region to be moved from level 4 to level 3 before the end of the month.

The national ministry said so far just more than half of the number of people in the country who had contracted Covid-19, 10,104, had recovered from the disease.

It said a total of 543,032 tests for Covid-19 have been conducted nationwide.

African News Agency (ANA)