South Africa's number of COVID-19 infections jumped by 145 on Sunday, though no new deaths were reported on day 17 of the nationwide lockdown.
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According to the latest figures announced by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, as reported by News24, the number of positive cases in the country jumped to 2 173.
This came after over 5 000 news tests were conducted over the past 24 hours, when the number of cases were at 2 028, to take the total to 80 085.
"We are also seeing an increase in tests conducted at public laboratories. Of the 5 032 tests conducted in the past day, 3 192 were done in public laboratories," said Mkhize.
The death toll remains at 25.
Infections per province (deaths):
865 (3) - Gauteng
587 (7) - Western Cape
443 (12) - KwaZulu-Natal
96 (3) - Free State
88 - Eastern Cape
23 - Limpopo
21 - Mpumalanga
19 - Northern Cape
16 - North West
15 - Unallocated
Top reports from News24 on April 12:
- The extended five-week national lockdown has postponed South Africa's Covid-19 peak to September, according to a government projection.
- A top epidemiologist has warned the Covid-19 epidemic is evolving in the country.
- Police Minister Bheki Cele has commended the swift arrest of 21 suspects allegedly behind 16 incidents of liquor store looting in the Western Cape since the start of the nationwide lockdown.
- Covid-19 has hit the East London Correctional Centre, where 23 correctional services officials and three inmates tested positive for the virus, the Justice Department has revealed.
- Major retailers that also sell food are getting baby clothes and other accessories back on shelves after confirmation that they can be sold again.
We wish to urge all to remain home under these trying circumstances and practise all necessary precautions to avoid infection and the spread thereof.
Remember to wash your hands with alcohol-based sanitiser or soap and water while strictly adhering to the 35-day lock down.