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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. Photo: GCIS

COVID-19: Cases breach 2 000 mark for first time during Level 1

There were 2 364 new COVID-19 cases reported on Saturday 10 October, with a further 126 people having died from the virus.

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. Photo: GCIS

South Africa’s COVID-19 case numbers have breached the 2 000 mark for the first time during Level 1 of the nationwide lockdown on Saturday 10 October, contributing to a concerning global resurgence of the deadly virus that has seen record numbers recorded across the world in recent days. 

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Saturday evening that 2 364 cases had been reported in the past 24-hours, bringing the total number of cases reported in South Africa since the pandemic broke out in March to 690 896. 

Level 1 COVID-19 cases swell  

The last time South Africa recorded more than 2 000 cases in a day was September 19 (2 029 cases). With Level 1 having been introduced shortly thereafter, the expectation that case reports would rise had been conceded, given the increased movement of people that the eased restriction permits. 

Gauteng remains the country’s domestic epicentre of the virus, with 222 745 cases reported in total. 

A further 126 people sadly died from the virus on Saturday, with 39 people from the Eastern Cape, 35 from the Free State, 10 from KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), 30 from Gauteng, four from Mpumalanga, and eight from Western Cape succumbing to their illnesses. 

Death data audits continue

As far as the increase in deaths go, Mkhize said that the resurgence in fatalities is down to provinces across the country making efforts to audit the deaths data either by mining data from the Home Affairs and DATCOV surveillance reports, and by identifying unreported deaths or auditing the facilities on the ground.

“The provinces continue to redefine their processes of identifying COVID019 deaths as outlined in the statement on 8 October,” said Mkhize.

Global case reports have soared to record highs over the past week as second waves of the virus hit countries like the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA). COVID-19 in the US hit a two-month high on Friday with over 58 000 infections reported.