On Thursday 4 June, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced the latest COVID-19 figures in the country. Where deaths increased by 37 on Wednesday 3 June, it increased by 56 on Thursday 4 June. Of the 56 deaths reported on Thursday, all but two of them were reported in the Western Cape. 

Cases that were increasing by just over 1 000 each day, had suddenly increased by more than 3 000 on Thursday.

MOST CASES AND DEATHS FOUND IN THE WESTERN CAPE 

On Thursday, Mkhize announced that the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country had surpassed 40 000. He supplied an exact figure of 40 792. Cases had increased by a whopping 3 267 in 24 hours. 

The Western Cape accounted for 27 006 of the 40 792 cases. As it stands, the Western Cape accounts for 66.2% of cases in the entire country. 

The Eastern Cape followed second with 4 936 cases. There is a gaping difference of 22 070 cases between the two provinces which are essentially in first and second place regarding high infection rate. 

Then, Mkhize reported 56 more COVID-19 related deaths; one in KwaZulu-Natal, one in the Free State and the remaining 54 in the Western Cape alone. This brought the total national death toll to 848.  

There have been a total of 651 deaths in the Western Cape thus far. According to Mkhize, the largest number of deaths occurred in age groups 50-59 and 60-69. Regarding deaths, 53% have been male, while 47% have been female. 

There has, however, been 21 311 recoveries which translates to a recovery rate of 52.24%. 

RAMAPHOSA TO VISIT COVID-19 EPICENTRE 

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Friday 5 June, visit the City of Cape Town to assess the Western Cape’s provincial response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The visit follows oversight visits by the President to Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape to evaluate the fight against COVID-19.

Ramaphosa will be accompanied by Premier Alan Winde on his inspection of COVID-19 facilities. Ramaphosa will commence his visit by receiving a presentation on the Western Cape Province’s COVID-19 response strategy. He will later officiate the official opening of the Hospital of Hope and be conducted on a walkabout. The visit will culminate in a visit to the Red Dot Health Staff Transport Operations. 

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu, on Thursday, said that Ramaphosa would be accompanied by other ministers such as Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, Police Minister Bheki Cele, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa – Nqakula. 

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Presh JM Reporter

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