Earlier this week, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said every South African has a responsibility to use COVID-19 preventative measures “to mitigate the rise of infections”.
The warning followed after Mkhize observed in Mpumalanga that citizens wore masks “but some of them have them under their chin or in their hands”. He added:
“It’s important for us to maintain the mask wearing. Changing our behaviour is imperative”.
COVID-19 update: Wednesday, 10 June 2020
Minister Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa’s cumulative COVID-19 caseload now stands at 55 421; an increase of 2 430 new cases since Tuesday, 9 June 2020. death 1162
Minister Mkhize confirmed that 31 505 people have recovered from COVID-19. Unfortunately, an additional 48 deaths were also reported, 37 from Western Cape, 9 from the Eastern Cape, and 2 from KwaZulu Natal.
Earlier today, Mkhize explained the COVID-19 hotspot strategy for the Western Cape:
“We have focused on our hotspot strategy: the issue of sub-division of districts into sub-districts for more intensive interventions.”
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize
Breakdown of new confirmed COVID-19 cases
New cases, deaths and recoveries by province
The confirmed COVID-19 cases per province is as follows:
|Gauteng||7 195||57||2 825|
|Western Cape||36 021||927||22 862|
|KwaZulu Natal||3 347||64||1 572|
|Eastern Cape||7 154||147||3 647|
Tests and screening
As of today, a total of 998 400 tests have been conducted, of which 30 330 were done in the last 24 hours. The total number of tests conducted in the private sector stands at 480 010, of which 14 048 were done in the last 24 hours.
In addition, 518 390 tests were conducted in the public sector, with 16 282 being done within the last 24 hours.
‘Dynamic’ modelling system
The COVID-19 peak is expected in mid-July 2020 as per the pessimistic scenario, and in mid-August according to the optimistic scenario. Minister Mkhize said that the “models should be considered dynamic”. He explained
“[The models] are dependent on new data. It should only be used as a guide for what may be possible”.
He added that unless South Africans take responsibility for infection control, “we will not be able to win” the war against the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Global COVID-19 news: Total cases, US protests
At the time of publishing, confirmed cases, globally, stand at 7 394 787; death toll now stands at 416 167 along with 3 702 725 recoveries.
The USA still has the most confirmed cases and has just breached the 2 million mark – 2 055 864 to be precise. In addition, the USA recorded 114 646 deaths and 7191 452 recoveries. There are 16 842 critical cases, currently.
South Africa is 22nd on the list. As of Tuesday 9 June, we had 22 823 active cases, of which 208 are critical.