South Africa- The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has risen to 1,585 including 9 fatalities, the health minister Zweli Mkhize announced in a statement released on Saturday night.
This is an increase of 80 from the previously reported cases.
The minister said KwaZulu Natal Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu had confirmed that 11 Covid-19 cases in the province had been linked to St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban and that three of the deceased patients had been admitted at the hospital.
Mkhize said the cases included patients, health workers and other staff members.
As a precaution, the sections of the hospital affected are to be closed and no new patient admissions will be permitted while the department attempts to establish the true extent of the existence of infection in the hospital.
The provincial breakdown is as follows:
WESTERN CAPE: 433
KWAZULU ——NATAL: 232
FREE STATE: 85
NORTH WEST: 11
EASTERN CAPE: 25
NORTHERN CAPE: 7