Coronavirus: SA surpasses 10 000 cases, with 194 deaths

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Residents of Stjwetla Section in Alexandra township queue for Covid-19 swab tests outside a testing station on March 31, 2020.
Residents of Stjwetla Section in Alexandra township queue for Covid-19 swab tests outside a testing station on March 31, 2020.
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The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa has surpassed 10 000, Health Minister Zweli Mkize said on Sunday.

The total now stands at 10 015.

Eight more deaths have been confirmed – three in the Western Cape, one in the Eastern Cape and four in Gauteng - bringing the total number of deaths to 194.

Mkhize, however, said he was encouraged by the number of recoveries, which was 4 173 as at 9 May.

The Western Cape and Eastern Cape combined make up 84% of the total new cases, Mkhize said.

341 336 tests have been conducted, with 49% of tests occurring in private facilities and 51% in public facilities. 

17 257 tests had been conducted since the department's last report.

Breakdown

  • Western Cape: 5 168 cases, 98 deaths and 1 607 recoveries
  • Gauteng: 1 952 cases, 22 deaths and 1 247 recoveries
  • KwaZulu-Natal: 1 353 cases, 43 deaths and 606 recoveries
  • Eastern Cape: 1 218 cases, 22 deaths and 519 recoveries
  • Free State: 135 cases, six deaths and 105 recoveries
  • Mpumalanga: 61 cases, no deaths, 22 recoveries
  • Limpopo: 54 cases, three deaths and 28 recoveries
  • North West: 45 cases, no deaths, 23 recoveries
  • Northern Cape: 29 cases, no deaths, 16 recoveries
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