Nearly 500 more die as COVID-19 situation worsens in South Africa

Local authorities have reported another 497 people were reported to have died from causes related to Covid-19 in South Africa.

According to the Health minister Zweli Mkhize, the additional 497 deaths recorded over 24-hours had raised the country’s total death toll to 27,568.

“As of today the cumulative total of Covid-19 cases identified is 1,021,451 with 9,580 cases identified since the last report,” he said.

“A cumulative 6,500 482,tests have been conducted with 31,457 tests completed since the last report.” Recoveries stand at 858,456, translating into a recovery rate of 84%.

On the first morning of the revised level 3 lockdown, imposed to ease the burden of alcohol-related trauma cases in hospitals and limit the spread of the coronavirus in social settings, police warned surfers and beachgoers for violating a beach ban in Cape Town.