South Africa suffered its deadliest 24-hour period on Thursday (4 June), as its Covid-19 death toll climbed by 56, to reach 848 casualties, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said.
The country also reported a record jump in new Covid-19 cases – 3,267 – nearly 80% higher than its previous 24-hour total.
As many as 54 new deaths were reported in the Western Cape, prompting a visit on Friday by president Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday to assess the provincial response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Western Cape is currently the country’s epicentre accounting for nearly two-thirds of infections nationally.
📊 COVID-19 Dashboard update for the Western Cape:
🔹 Total confirmed cases – 28 082
🔹 Total recoveries – 16 433
🔹 Total tests done – 186 236
— Western Cape Gov (@WesternCapeGov) June 5, 2020
Dr Mkhize said that recoveries to date are 21,31, which translates to a recovery rate of 52.24%.
The biggest proportion of people dying of coronavirus have underlying conditions, the government has said, while its data shows that age is a big factor.
More than 80% of recorded deaths in the country are among people aged 50 and older, while more than half of reported deaths have occurred in people aged 50 to 70.
|Western Cape||651||14 917|
|Eastern Cape||95||2 460|
|KwaZulu Natal||55||1 260|