Makhubo hospitalised due to COVID-19 complications

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City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Geoff  Makhubo, has been admitted to hospital as he continues his battle against COVID-19.

Makhubo contracted the virus last month. The Mayor has urged people to continue wearing masks, practicing social distancing and regular hand washing to slow the spread of the virus.

The Mayor’s spokesperson Mlimandlela Ndamase says, “Councillor Geoffrey Makhubo, has been hospitalised for COVID-19 complications. This follows a positive test result for COVID-19 late last month. The Executive Mayor will remain in hospital until his medical team is satisfied of his recovery. The Mayor has encouraged once more that all residents take all necessary precautions to remain safe and to avoid infection.”

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New COVID-19 cases

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has reported 26 485 new COVID-19 cases,  which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed infections in South Africa to 2 046 311. This has increased the country’s positivity rate to 27.3%.

The Gauteng province accounts for the majority of new cases (61%), followed by the Western Cape (11%), and Limpopo (7%) provinces.

The NICD says there have been 175 COVID-19 related deaths overnight, bringing total number of fatalities to 61 507.

An increase of 557 hospital admissions has been also been reported.

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