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SA’s COVID-19 infections now at 1,655, with 11 confirmed deaths

The total number of COVID-19 tests conducted to date were 56,873, which was an increase of 2,936 from those reported on Saturday.

FILE: Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – The total number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in South Africa has risen to 1,655 with 11 confirmed deaths.

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize made the announcement on Sunday night through a statement. The increase in confirmed cases was 70 from the previously reported cases on Saturday.

The total number of COVID-19 tests conducted to date were 56,873, which was an increase of 2,936 from those reported on Saturday.

Two new deaths related to the virus were recorded on Sunday, increasing the total number of deaths in South Africa to 11.

“The first deceased patient is an 82-year-old female who was admitted to ICU on the 29th March 2020. She had presented with fever, short breath, body pains, dry cough, and sore throat. She also had comorbidities that included hypertension, diabetes, and cholesterol.

“The second deceased patient is an 86-year-old male admitted to hospital on the 26th March 2020, with a diagnosis of bronchopneumonia and respiratory distress. He had an underlying condition of chronic obstructive airway disease (COAD),” Mkhize said.

The provincial breakdown is as follows:

  • Gauteng 704

  • Western Cape 454

  • KwaZulu–Natal 246

  • Free State 87

  • Eastern Cape 31

  • Limpopo 19

  • Mpumalanga 18

  • North West 11

  • Northern Cape 8

  • Unallocated 77

For official information about COVID-19 from the Department of Health, please click here.