The Covid-19 death
toll has risen to 86 after seven more deaths were reported, Health Minister Zweli
Mkhize announced on Saturday evening.
Four were recorded in
the Eastern Cape, two in the Western Cape and one in Limpopo.
The number of
confirmed positive cases nationally also increased by 141, with 4 361
people testing positive for the virus.
Mkhize said the number
of tests conducted to date sat at 161 004, of which 8 614 were done in the last
Cases by province
The Western Cape has
the highest number of cases (1 514), followed by Gauteng (1 304) and
The Eastern Cape has
recorded 488 cases and Free State 111.
Limpopo (30), the North
West (28), Mpumalanga (23) and the Northern Cape (16) have the least amount of
World Malaria Day
Meanwhile, with World
Malaria Day falling on Friday, Mkhize said while current efforts have gone
towards fighting Covid-19, one should dare not lose sight of the determination
to fight malaria.
“The World Health
Organisation has made an all-important call to minimise disruptions to malaria
prevention and treatment services during the Covid-19 pandemic,” he added.