Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde yesterday confirmed that the Western Cape now has 510 confirmed Covid-19 cases.
Premier Winde said 31 people in the Western Cape have been admitted to hospital, with 9 receiving care in the intensive care unit.
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Case update: As at 00h01 on 08 April 2020, the Western Cape had recorded 510 positively confirmed Covid19 cases. #stopthespread
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“…with every additional case we register, we increase the risk of a vulnerable person being infected,” he said.
He urged community members to continue practicing good hygiene, social distancing and abiding by the lockdown rules.
Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize yesterday also announced that the total number of confirmed cases in South Africa now stands at 1845, with a death toll of 18.
Minister Mkhize reported that the number of confirmed cases in the Western Cape is 495.
There has been a lot of confusion surrounding the different figures shared at provincial level and national level.
However Premeir Winde explained that lab results are accessed directly from laboratories in the province.
“There can be a lag between these results and those formally registered on the system with the National Department of Health. This can create discrepancies between national and provincial data but does not impact the accuracy of any of the numbers released.”