South Africa’s Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Tuesday a positive development in the fight against the deadly pandemic COVI-19. The positive move is deduced from the recovery rate of 62.5%, higher than the global average rate of 58.2%.
On Monday the 27th South African’s recovery rate was at 61%. Currently the number of people who have recovered are 287 313, as the number of confirmed cases stands at 459 761. On Tuesday, Mkhize said a cumulative total of 452 529 confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa had been recorded.
Despite a positive decline in the number of confirmed cases, deaths are also being recorded.
“Regrettably, we report 190 new Covid-19 related deaths, 11 from Eastern Cape, 55 from Gauteng, 62 from KwaZulu-Natal, 49 from the Western Cape, and 13 from the North West. This brings the cumulative number of deaths to 7 257,” said Mkhize.
“We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers who treated the deceased,” said Mkhize.
Gauteng is said to be the leading province, with 164 584 cases, followed by the Western Cape which is at 92 983 cases and the Eastern Cape at 75 067 cases.
During a coronavirus command council briefing held on Tuesday, the province’s premier Oscar Mabuyane, predicted the doubling of cases for Eastern Cape province for August.
“Our forecast is that August is the eye of the Covid-19 storm. All of us must buckle up because we are about to have tough times of our lifetime.
“We expect a surge in infections to almost double over the next six weeks,” highlighted Mabuyane.
The doubling of cases will further impact the already constrained south African health system in the fight against COVID-19.
“This will put our already strained health systems under more pressure, particularly on the availability of critical care beds,” added Mabuyane.
However, despite the predicted sharp surge in August, a considerable decline was also predicated, which will be seen in September as the number of confirmed cases will gradually decrease on a monthly basis.
“We expect to be out of the eye of the storm in September, with a decline in numbers of new cases and lower rates of new infections,” added Mabuyane.
“October is a month where we expect to see stabilisation in daily increases and this will offer some relief to our pressured health systems.”
South Africa ranks fifth among the world’s countries with Covid-19 confirmed cases.
According to an AFP tally as of Tuesday, Countries across Africa have recorded more than 850 000 infections and at least 18 000 deaths.
Liberty Pazvakawambwa SADC News correspondent