South Africa has recorded 8 170 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the total cumulative number to 381 798 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country.
Health Department reports further 195 new COVID-19 related deaths. This brings the cumulative number
of deaths to 5 368.
The number of recoveries currently stands at 208 144 which translates to a recovery rate of 54%.
Gauteng remains the new epicentre of the virus in South Africa with 139 435 cases recorded followed by the Western Cape with 86 329.
— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) July 21, 2020
Mkhize to return to Nelson Mandela Bay
The Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize will visit Nelson Mandela Bay on Wednesday to assess the interventions at the Metro’s two major hospitals, Livingstone and Dora Nginza.
The MEC for Health, Sindiswa Gomba met with health worker unions on Tuesday to try and find solutions to some of the labour challenges at these hospitals.
The Nelson Mandela Bay metro has the most coronavirus cases in the province with 17 000 infections. Gomba says the SANDF’s medical team that was deployed to the province last month is providing much-needed help to the medical staff at hospitals across the province.
Gomba says her primary aim for visiting Nelson Mandela Bay is to find solutions to some of the challenges facing the hospitals:
More MPs test positive
Parliament has confirmed that three more MPs have tested positive for the coronavirus. One of them, Zamuxolo Peter, has been hospitalised while Simphiwe Mbatha and Collin Malatji are in isolation at home.
Earlier this week, the Minister of Labour and Employment Thulas Nxesi and the Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe were admitted to hospital after testing positive for the virus last week.
National Assembly House Chairperson Cedric Frolick also tested positive on Monday and is in self-isolation at home.