Biggest Covid-19 spike
SA records 1,160 new infections in just 24 hours
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.
NERVOUS:Health minister Zweli Mkhize has said his department is worried by the high number of Covid-19 infections in the Western Cape