The number of COVID-19 deaths in South Africa has increased by 30, bringing the total number to 369. The Western Cape still has the highest number of deaths with 265.



“We wish to express our condolences to the loved ones of the deceased and thank the healthcare workers who treated these patients,” says the Ministry of Health in a statement.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the country now stands at 19 137. The Western Cape accounts for 63.5% of the total number of cases, followed by Gauteng at 12.8%.

A total of 18 572  new tests have been conducted.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says over half a million people in South Africa have been tested and 11 million others screened.

The number of cases is expected to rise as the Grades 7 and 12  learners prepare to head back to school in June.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga made the announcement earlier this week.