The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in South Africa has risen to 2173. This is an increase of 145 from the previously reported cases.
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize released the latest figures on Sunday night.
“The total number of tests conducted to date is 80 085. We are also seeing an increase in tests conducted at public laboratories. Of the 5 032 tests conducted in the past day, 3 192 were done in public laboratories,” says Mkhize.
Gauteng remains the province with highest number of confirmed cases currently at 865, followed by the Western Cape at 587 and Kwazulu-Natal has 443 cases.
The provincial breakdown is as follows:
Western Cape 587
Free State 96
Eastern Cape 88
North West 19
Northern Cape 16
Monday marks day 18 of the five-week lockdown.
President Cyril Ramaphosa had initially announced a 21-day lockdown, extending it by a further two weeks to contain and curb the spread of the Coronavirus in the country.
There has been significant impact on the economy with small businesses taking a hammering as they’ve had to close shop.
Only companies providing essential goods and services are allowed to operate during the nationwide lockdown.