Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced that the total number of deaths from Covid-19 in South Africa had risen to 25, with the total number of infections so far at 2,028, an increase of 25 from Friday.
Just over 75,000 tests have now been done.
“Most of the cases in the Western Cape are in the Cape Town metro. It is the same as in the Johannesburg, Durban and Mangaung metros.”
The new death was a 61-year-old man from the Western Cape.
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The minister expressed hope that people who had been infected once with the coronavirus would not get infected again.
“KZN has a high death toll, more than six patients have died from one institution. We need to get into why this is so. We have now decided the hospital needs to be closed down and an investigation needs to be launched.
“The disease is new, so we act as we learn. As we speak now we have records of research. People who exhale air while wearing a mask that are infected reduce the spread of the infection.”
He called on people to continue to reduce large gatherings, as it reduced the spread.
“The number of new infections is not increasing as much as it would’ve been. The borders have also been closed preventing new imported infections.”
Mkhize also advised that those people going to a private doctor or private lab for a test would have to pay for themselves.
“If the recommendation came from a public hospital you will not need to pay for testing.”