The Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize has called on all chronic patients to keep up with their scheduled appointments with doctors and health care workers to ensure that their diseases are managed. This will lower their risks to serious complications in the case that they get infected with COVID-19.
This as 10 496 more people test positive for COVID-19 and 174 more die from COVID-19 complications overnight.
The Minister commented that the most vulnerable people to COVID-19 are those who suffer from HIV, TB, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular and other chronic diseases. “Close to 8 million people live with HIV in this country, 4 million people live with diabetes and one in 3 South Africans suffer from hypertension,” the Minister added.
Dr Mkhize has encouraged patients to get longer or prolonged repeat scripts for the duration of the State of Disaster in order to minimise their exposure in facilities. “Please take your medication religiously even if you will only be seeing your doc-tor in six months.”
Provincial Breakdown – Positive Cases
|PROVINCE||CASES (AS OF 14 JULY 2020)||% TOTAL|
|Eastern Cape||53 959||18,1|
|Free State||5 973||2,0|
|North West||10 784||3,6|
|Northern Cape||1 579||0,5|
|Western Cape||80 199||26,9|
Provincial Deaths & Recoveries
|Eastern Cape||726||34 706|
|North West||36||2 575|
|Western Cape||2 429||61 756|
|Total||4 346||146 279|
** If you think you have been exposed to the COVID-19, please call the government’s 24-hour hotline on 0800 029 999 or visit https://sacoronavirus.co.za/ for more information.
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