South Africa Coronavirus Cases Should Now Become A Cause For Concern For Us Neighbouring Zimbabwe
21 May 2020
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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said that there are 1 136 new cases of COVID-19 in SA, with 30 more people having died.

Zweli Mkhize

Own Correspondent|South African Coronavirus figures should by now become a huge cause for concern to Zimbabwe As the figures shoot up worryingly everyday.

What should be more worrying to Zimbabwe is the simultaneously increasing number of illegal border crossing between the two countries as citizens scavenge for food and beverages between the countries.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Thursday that South Africa’s caseload of COVID-19 cases had increased by 1 136 since Wednesday to 19 137.

He said that a further 30 people had died from the virus, bringing the total number of fatalities since March to 369.

Mkhize said that 525 433 tests had been completed to date, with 18 572 completed in the last 24-hours.

No new data on recoveries was immediately available, with 8950 people having recovered on Wednesday.

“We wish to express our deepest condolences to the loved ones of the deceased and than the healthcare workers who cared for these patients,” he said.

Provincial breakdown 

The following confirmed COVID-19 cases have been detected in each province as of Thursday 21 May: 

  • Gauteng – 2 453 cases;
  • Western Cape – 12 153 cases; 
  • KwaZulu-Natal – 1 693 cases; 
  • Free State – 184 cases; 
  • Eastern Cape – 2 324 cases; 
  • Limpopo – 121 cases; 
  • Mpumalanga – 95 cases; 
  • North West – 77 cases; 
  • Northern Cape – 37 cases; and 
  • Unknown – 0 cases.

Western Cape reports 891 new cases

The Western Cape remains the country’s domestic epicentre for the virus, and a concerning increase of 891 cases since yesterday, making up the massive majority of new cases, will do little for the province’s bid to have lockdown measures relaxed to Level 3 along with the rest of the country at the end of May.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said on Wednesday 20 May that the Cape Winelands District is showing evidence of multiple clusters and fast spread, which started in Witzenberg three weeks ago, and has moved into Drakenstein, Stellenbosch and Breede Valley, in the past 2 weeks.

“Early clusters have emerged in Overberg (Theewaterskloof and Swellendam), and West Coast (Swartland), during this past week, while there are still many areas with no cases or sporadic cases only,” he said.

Winde said that several interventions were being rolled out to stem the rapid spread of the virus in the province, with increased testing and screening, and the province’s ability to isolate and quarantine off-site set to be scaled up rapidly across the rural areas.