Article by Khanyi Moshia
Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize addresses the media as he announces today’s statistics at the Khayelitsha Hospital, Cape Town.
As of today, the 8th day of the national lockdown, the minister shared the sad news of two more fatalities from the Coronavirus, as well as an increase in the number of positive cases which are now at 1505.
Two elderly people a male aged 80 and a woman aged 81 from KwaZulu-Natal have unfortunately died from the deadly Covid19 virus.
The minister reported that the Western Cape has seen a drastic increase in the number of confirmed cases, which was demonstrated to him through a method of geo-mapping. He went on emphasise that the importance of this method of tracking is beyond just a one patient solution but can track contacts by association – which allows the health department to look at the social dynamics of the infected person.
The geo mapping is significant in enforcing a firm grip of the spread as the Department of Health has been internally discussing, since President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the rolling out of the next stage of testing for the virus.
The good news to this is, the Department of Health has now identified areas of priority and they’re ready to give additional support and reinforcement to the areas that need assistance.
The minister also conveys his condolences to the families and friends of the deceased, and he extends his gratitude to all the health workers who are working tirelessly with all the cases.
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