SA records lowest Covid-19 cases since may

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Bongani Siziba

Hours before President Cyril Ramaphosa’s national address on Wednesday evening, South African authorities were celebrating recording the lowest Covid-19 cases since May.

This after the latest government update revealed that there were only 772 new cases within the last 24hrs cycle; the lowest since May.

Health minister Zweli Mkhize said: “When the numbers keep dropping, its encouraging news for us”.

“We thought the cases would rise in August and September but seeing the numbers drop has encouraged us. As of today, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 651 521 with 772 new cases identified.

“Regrettably, we report 142 more Covid-19 related deaths, which brings the total deaths to 15 641. We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the deceased and thank the health workers who treated the deceased patients,” Mkhize said.

A Health worker takes a Covid-19 specimen for testing. Credit: Bongani Siziba

South Africa is now the eighth most Covid-19 prevalent country in the world United States (US) leading in cumulative infections, followed by India and Brazil. Russia, Peru, Columbia and Mexico are also ahead of South Africa while Spain and Argentina complete the top 10.

However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has praised South Africa for how it has handled the spread of Covid-19 in recent months.

 

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