SA's Covid-19 death toll climbs past 200, as North West records first death

11 May 2020 - 16:22 By Naledi Shange
SA's Covid-19 death toll passed the 200 mark on Monday.
SA's Covid-19 death toll passed the 200 mark on Monday.
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The death toll from Covid-19 in SA has climbed past the 200 mark, with 12 new deaths announced on Monday.

There were also 637 new confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country, with more than half of the new cases coming from the Western Cape. There are now a total of 10,652 cases across SA and 206 total deaths.

The North West province on Monday recorded its first coronavirus-related fatality.

Eight of the new fatalities recorded were from the Western Cape. Two were from the Eastern Cape, while KwaZulu-Natal also recorded a single fatality.

This means that the Western Cape now has more than 100 deaths, and the Eastern Cape has replaced Gauteng as the province with the third highest number of deaths. KZN has the second highest death toll.

Of the new confirmed infections, 453 (nearly 53%) were from the Western Cape. The Eastern Cape recorded the second highest number of new infections, with 138 cases, , followed by Gauteng and KZN, both with 19 new cases.

The North West had five new infections, and the Northern Cape had one.

Limpopo and the Free State, which have relatively low infection numbers, had no new cases recorded.

But just as the number of infections are on the rise, so are the number of people being screened and tested. Between Sunday and Monday, 14,731 new tests had been done.

There were 4,357 recoveries recorded by Monday, the ministry said.

The provincial breakdown of cases on Sunday was provided as:

  • Western Cape — 5,621;
  • Gauteng — 1,971;
  • KwaZulu-Natal — 1,372;
  • Eastern Cape — 1,356; 
  • Free State — 135;
  • Mpumalanga — 63;
  • Limpopo — 54;
  • North West — 50; and
  • Northern Cape — 30.

The provincial breakdown of deaths was provided as:

  • Western Cape — 106 deaths;
  • KwaZulu-Natal — 44 deaths;
  • Eastern Cape — 24 deaths;
  • Gauteng — 22 deaths; 
  • Free State — 6 deaths;
  • Limpopo — 3 deaths;
  • North West — 1 death;
  • Mpumalanga — 0 deaths; and
  • Northern Cape — 0 deaths.

Since the lockdown was announced, humanitarian organisation Scientology Volunteer Ministers has sanitised the equivalent of 658 football fields in Gauteng to protect South Africans from the coronavirus pandemic. The group works tirelessly to decontaminate buildings and vehicles used by the public. To date the group has decontaminated over 3 million square metres.


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