Thirty nine people have died from coronavirus (COVID-19) related complications in South, the health ministry announced on Monday night.
Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, said the country recorded 725 new infections.
This takes South Africa’s Covid-19 death toll to 15,992 and infections to over 661 936.
With 661,936 confirmed cases, South Africa has the ninth most Covid-19 infections in the world, behind the USA, Brazil, India, Russia, Peru, Columbia, Mexico and Spain.
New infections are slowing in the country and from midnight, the country will enter into alert level 1 of the lockdown.
Covid-19 related deaths in the country have also slowed significantly from the heights of 572 daily deaths in July, to double digit deaths since mid-September.
The Department of Health said it had now tested over 4 million people in the private and public sector, with almost 6100 tests conducted in the past 24 hours.
The Western Cape still has the most deaths, with 4121, Gauteng with 4039, Eastern Cape with 3079 and KZN, with 2532, have the most fatalities in the country.
Of the latest 39 deaths, Mkhize said the deaths came from the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng and KZN.
Deaths by province:
North West – 16
Gauteng – 9
Eastern Cape – 9
Western Cape – 4
KZN – 1
“This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 15 992.
“We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers that treated the deceased patients.
“Our recoveries now stand at 591 208 which translates to a recovery rate of 89,3%,” said Mkhize.
Nigeria Records 119 New COVID-19 Cases
Nigeria on Monday recorded 119 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of infections in Nigeria to 62,111.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control made this known via its website on Monday.
The centre also recorded two COVID-19-related deaths in the last 24 hours.
The NCDC stated that Lagos reported the highest number of infections with 77 while the FCT reported 26 cases.
Others Plateau-nine; Edo-four; Oyo-two and Nasarawa-one.
The NCDC said 57,571 people have been discharged while Nigeria recorded a total of 1,132 deaths in 36 states and the FCT.
It added that so far, 612,154 people have been tested since the first confirmed case relating to the COVID-19 pandemic was announced on Feb. 27.
The agency advised Nigerians to maintain physical distance and wear masks to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread.
“Help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in your community. It is very important to wash your hand frequently with soap under running water.
The body advised everyone to #TakeResponsibility by ensuring hygienic practices to keep ourselves and loved ones safe and healthy.
Nigeria’s Lagos Records Zero New COVID-19 Infection
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says Lagos state the nation’s epicentre of the COVID-19, on Sunday recorded zero infection.
The NCDC, on uts verified Website said it recorded 62 new cases of COVID-19 in the country.
The centre said with the 62 new infection, the country now have 61,992 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The NCDC also said that 180 COVID-19 patients were ischarged across the country in the last 24 hours.
It announced that one new COVID-19 death was reported in the last 24 hours with the national death toll at 1,130.
The centre said that 10 states and FCT recorded new cases on Sunday with Taraba leading with 18 cases, while Ogun recorded 15 cases.
Other are FCT-six; Kaduna-six; Katsina-four; Ondo-four; Ekiti and Rivers-three each; Kano, Osun, and Sokoto-one each.
“Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay at least six feet away from others when possible, even if you or they do not have any symptoms,”it stated.
The NCDC also advised that social distancing was especially important for people who were at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
“If you are sick with COVID-19, have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, it is important to stay home and away from other people until it is safe to be around others,” it said.
The public health agency said that COVID-19 could live for hours or days on a surface, depending on factors such as sunlight, humidity, and the type of surface.
“It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. However, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
“Social distancing helps limit opportunities to come in contact with contaminated surfaces and infected people outside the home.
“Although the risk of severe illness may be different for everyone, anyone can get and spread COVID-19.
”Everyone has a role to play in slowing the spread and protecting themselves, their family, and their community,” NCDC advised.
Africa’s COVID-19 Cases Top 1.7 Million
The number of confirmed cases in the African continent has reached 1,707,741, the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said on Sunday.
The Africa CDC said in a statement that the death toll related to the pandemic stood at 41,145 as of Sunday afternoon.
A total of 1,399,238 people infected with COVID-19 have recovered across the continent, the Africa CDC said.
The most affected African countries in terms of the number of positive cases include South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Ethiopia and Nigeria.
The Southern Africa region is the most COVID-19 affected region both in terms of the number of confirmed positive cases as well as the number of deaths.
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