President Cyril Ramaphosa says consultations will get under way as the government prepares to ease level 4 lockdown restrictions to level 3 from the end of May.

When addressing the nation last night (13 May) President Ramaphosa acknowledged that the national lockdown had negative effects on the economy. But he also said that it bought the country time to prepare health care facilities, adding, the country now had over 25 000 quarantine beds.

The President emphasised that if the national lockdown had never been implemented, the scientific projections showed that the country could have seen 80 000 cases by now, and even more deaths.

President Ramaphosa announced that as of yesterday evening, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa was 12 074 and COVID-19 deaths stood at 219. At the same time 386 352 tests have been conducted and 4 745 recoveries had been made.

Infections by Province

Province New cases on
13 May 2020
Total cases for
13 May 2020
Percentage total
Eastern Cape 30 1 534 12,7
Free State 2 138 1,1
Gauteng 61 2 074 17,2
KwaZulu-Natal 19 1 413 11,7
Limpopo 0 54 0,4
Mpumalanga 3 66 0,5
North West 1 52 0,4
Northern Cape 0 30 0,2
Western Cape 608 6 713 55,6
Unknown 0 0 0,0
Total 724 12074 100,0

 

Deaths & Recoveries by Province

Province Deaths Recoveries
(as at 12 May 2020)
Eastern Cape 24 632
Free State 6 107
Gauteng 24 1343
Kwazulu Natal 44 618
Limpopo 3 30
Mpumalanga 0 24
North West 1 24
Northern Cape 0 17
Western Cape 117 1950
Total 219 4745

Source: sacoronavirus.co.za

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