SA’s Covid-19 Deaths Rise to 48 and Infection Cases to 2 605


South Africa’s confirmed Covid-19 cases has increased to 2 605 with 14 new deaths, taking the death toll to 48.

Infection Cases per Province

Gauteng 930
Western Cape 657
Kwazulu-Natal 519
Eastern Cape 199
Free State 97
Limpopo 25
North West 23
Mpumalanga 22
Northern Cape 16
Unallocated 18

Deaths per Province

  • Gauteng – 6 deaths
  • Western Cape – 13 deaths
  • Kwazulu Natal – 20 deaths
  • Eastern Cape – 4 deaths
  • Free State – 4 deaths
  • Limpopo – 1 death

As the number of confirmed infections rise, businesses providing essential services across South Africa have also been affected by the spread of the COVID-19 with a number of premises being shut down due to contact with people carrying the virus.

Earlier on Thursday, The Star reported that Coca-Cola had been forced to shut its Gauteng plant after an employee tested positive for Covid-19.

According to an internal memo sent to employees at the Coca-Cola’s Devland manufacturing plant on Monday, a worker with the respiratory disease was on the site on Sunday.

The plant has 222 employees. Coca Cola currently has 14 plants operating nationally.

Two Netcare hospitals – one in Joburg and another in KZN, are also temporarily shutting their doors to new patients.

City Power, City of Joburg’s power utility, was forced to shut its doors on Wednesday after an employee at a warehouse in Reuven, Booysens, tested positive for Covid-19. The person is in self-isolation at home.

The entity is now tracing all employees who might have been in contact with the sick person, while co-workers who have been in direct contact with this employee have been asked to self-quarantine by staying at home for the next 14 days.

A Durban bakery was also shut down on Wednesday after a staffer tested positive for the virus.

The Government continues to plead with South Africans to continue maintaining Covid-19-fighting practices, such as staying home, frequent hand-washing and practising social distancing.

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Source – IOL