Update: Department of Health reports 9 deaths due to Coronavirus

Article by Khanyi Moshia

Minister of health, Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed the new number of cases and deaths due to Covid-19, as at the 4th April 2020. The total number of Covid-19 cases has increased by 80 – from the previously reported cases, which brings the current number to 1585. 

Gauteng has reported the most numbers with 693 positive cases, followed by Western Cape with 433 and KwaZulu-Natal with 232 cases. The other 6 provinces still have less than 100 cases with Northern Cape reporting only 7 cases. However, 63 of these positive cases have been unallocated by the Department of Health, which is worrisome as they pose a danger of infecting people since they cannot be tracked and given medical attention (if required). 

Even though the number of cases has already hit the 1500 mark, the Department of Health is also proud to announce that the number of Covid-19 tests conducted to date is 53 937. 

The number of Covid-19 deaths have increased to 9, in which KwaZulu-Natal has recorded 6 deaths of people aged between 46 and 81, Gauteng, Western Cape and Free State have only reported 1 death each. 

Netcare St Augustine’s hospital positive cases 

KZN Health MEC, Ms Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu has confirmed 11 Covid-19 cases linked to St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban. Furthermore, 3 of the deceased patients from KwaZulu-Natal were admitted at the hospital. 

MEC Simelane-Zulu also confirmed that the 11 positive cases include health workers, patients and other staff members. This has resulted in the KZN Department of Health and Netcare management coming to an agreement to close down the affected sections of the hospital, and no new patients to be admitted. 

The areas of the hospital that were exposed to positive patients are currently being disinfected. The hospital has also conducted more than 150 tests and contact tracing is underway. 

MEC Simelane-Zulu has also requested that Netcare avails a list of its patients that were exposed to the hospital from the 1st of March 2020 to date, and if you happen to be one of those, you’re urgently required to contact the KZN Department of Health. 

Minister Mkhize conveys his deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased, and further extends his gratitude to all health workers for their commitment to serve, especially during these difficult times. 

Netcare St.Augustine has announced in a statement that the hospitals emergency services unit will be closed and will no longer be operating or offering any services until further notice.

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