Total cases are now 1 749. There have been 13 confirmed deaths so far, according to the latest update from Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.
PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN (Provincial cases to be updated when the Health Department releases figures):
713 – Gauteng – 1 death
462 – Western Cape – 3 deaths
257- KwaZulu-Natal – 8 deaths
89 – Free State – 1 death
11 – North West
18 – Mpumalanga
19 – Limpopo
32 – Eastern Cape
8 – Northern Cape
77 – Unallocated
Recent updates from the health authorities have included less details than updates up until 22 March – those details can be found here: Details of confirmed cases.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize notes in a statement:
“South Africans would have noted that as the number of confirmed cases increase, some cases were unallocated by province, age or gender. This is because the NICD not only has the responsibility of analysing data from each laboratory, but has found itself searching for the missing patient information of the confirmed cases.
“This has proven to be an administrative burden that, if not rectified, will hamper our efforts to immediately be in contact with patients who have tested positive, determine whether they require hospitalisation or can be treated in self-quarantine and more importantly trace all other individuals that they have been in direct contact with.
“This is the only way we can flatten the curve: We must know every individual that has been exposed, they must be immediately screened and those that require testing, must be tested without any delay while they remain in self – quarantine.
“If those contacts test positive, we must further identify their contacts because they also become potential positive cases. Simply put, this is a vicious cycle! And without quickly fully identifying confirmed cases and their direct contacts, the spread of the virus will just keep rising. This therefore calls for us to take stringent measures to ensure that we have all the information that is required.”