South Africa COVID-19 death toll at 219, with 12 074 cases


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As the country prepares for Level 3, the COVID-19 death toll is now 219, with the number of positive cases rising up to 12 074.

According to a statement released on Wednesday by Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, the Western Cape remains the epicentre of the Coronavirus with 6 713 cases, followed by Gauteng with 2 072 and the Eastern Cape recording 1 534.

KwaZulu-Natal, which is the home to South Africa’s patient zero, has now been overtaken by the Eastern Cape, as the number of cases continues to spike. 

Addressing the nation on the easing of the lockdown, as the country prepares to move to Level 3 at the end of May, to make room for economic activity, President Cyril Ramaphosa said every life lost is a tragedy.

“These 219 people who passed away had families; they had dependents, friends and colleagues,” he told South Africa. 

“Their lives were cut short by a virus that has caused human and economic devastation across the world.”

Meanwhile, the number of people who have recovered is standing at 4 745. 

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