9 deaths and 1,505 coronavirus cases in South Africa

Cheryl Sanders
April 6, 2020

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Friday that the death toll was seven, but clinical tests are still outstanding to determine whether South Africa's Covid-19 death toll has risen to nine.

The COVID-19 positive cases include patients, health workers and other staff members, Mkhize said and expressed condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased.

A man shops in a supermarket in Johannesburg, South Africa, April 2, 2020. Both of them don't have a history of having travelled anywhere.

"We must, therefore, do everything within our means to reduce the overall number of infections and to delay the spread of infection over a longer period, what is known as flattening the curve of infections", Ramaphosa said. "The reduction of numbers of visitors, the closing of ports, also quarantining some who have been to the areas of the epicentre of the pandemic in Western countries has been very important", he said.

On Wednesday, the minister launched 60 mobile sampling and testing units in a bid to scale up the capacity of testing citizens across the country.

The government expects the number of coronavirus infections to increase as testing is ramped up through a mass screening program which will encompass about 10 000 field workers.

He has since been cured of the disease after treatment.

He also said that South Africa needs a lot more data before the country can make definitive decisions on the length of the lockdown period.

Other reports by iNewsToday