Big­gest Covid-19 spike

SA records 1,160 new in­fec­tions in just 24 hours

Go! & Express - - FRONT PAGE - MATTHEW FIELD

The depart­ment of health an­nounced on Sun­day May 17 that SA had ex­pe­ri­enced its high­est daily num­ber of in­fec­tions so far, with 1,160 new Covid-19 cases recorded within 24 hours.

Ac­cord­ing to the depart­ment, the to­tal num­ber of con­firmed Covid-19 cases in the coun­try was at 15,515, at the time of writ­ing.

“Re­gret­tably, we report a fur­ther three Covid-19-re­lated deaths, which brings the to­tal na­tional deaths to 264,” min­is­ter of health Zweli Mkhize said.

“We wish to ex­press our con­do­lences to the loved ones of the de­parted and thank the health care work­ers who cared for the de­ceased.”

As of Mon­day May 18, the Western Cape was the prov­ince with the most num­ber of

WE WISH TO EX­PRESS OUR CON­DO­LENCES TO THE LOVED ONES OF THE DE­PARTED AND THANK THE HEALTH CARE WORK­ERS WHO CARED FOR THE DE­CEASED.

con­firmed cases, with 9,294 in­fec­tions re­ported.

The Western Cape was fol­lowed by Gaut­eng, with 2,329 con­firmed cases, and the East­ern Cape, with 1,936.

“We re­main con­cerned about the de­vel­op­ments in the Western Cape, with the to­tal cu­mu­la­tiv cases now com­pris­ing al­most 60% of the na­tional cu­mu­la­tive cases and the new cases from the prov­ince com­pris­ing 76% of the new cases from the past 24-hour cy­cle [May 16 to May 17],” Mkhize said.

The sit­u­a­tion in the Western Cape has been cause for much con­cern, with Mkhize even sug­gest­ing that tighter lock­down re­stric­tions may be nec­es­sary there (‘Western Cape’s sky­rock­et­ing coronaviru­s num­bers spark con­cern’, TimesLIVE, May 18).

The East­ern Cape, mean­while, was far­ing only a lit­tle bet­ter, with 35 deaths recorded at the time of writ­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to statis­tics re­leased by the depart­ment, of the 264 deaths na­tion­ally, 148 were male and 116 fe­male.

There is also a clear age dis­par­ity in the fatal­i­ties.

Most of the deaths have been in the 50-59, 60-69 and 70-79 age brack­ets. In con­trast, only one per­son un­der 30 has died due to Covid-19.

Pic­ture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

NER­VOUS:Health min­is­ter Zweli Mkhize has said his depart­ment is wor­ried by the high num­ber of Covid-19 in­fec­tions in the Western Cape

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