The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa has reached 10,015, with 595 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced.
“We note with concern that the Western Cape and Eastern Cape combined comprise 84 percent of the total new cases,” the minister said in his daily update.
The Western Cape province leads with 5,168 cases, followed by Gauteng province with 1,952, KwaZulu-Natal province with 1,353 and the Eastern Cape province with 1,218.
“Regrettably, we report eight more COVID-19 related deaths: three from the Western Cape, one from the Eastern Cape, and four from Gauteng,” Mkhize said, adding that the death toll reached 194.
“We are however encouraged by the number of recoveries which was 4,173 as of May 9,” said Mkhize.
So far, a total of 341,336 tests have been conducted, Mkhize said.