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4 May 2020 – The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa has risen to 6783. On Sunday (3 May 2020), National Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, said that the numbers has increased by 447 with eight more deaths reported, bringing the number of people killed by the coronavirus in SA to 131.

“Regrettably, we report a further eight Covid-19 related deaths: 2 from Western Cape, 4 from the Eastern Cape and 2 from Gauteng. This brings the total deaths to 131. We wish to express our condolences to the families of the deceased and salute the health care workers who treated the deceased patients,” Mkhize said.

“We also wish to indicate that as of 30 April 2020 7 216 777 citizens have been screened and from that Community Screening Programme 72 087 were referred for testing. We thank all these compatriots for their solidarity with the programme and allowing our health care workers into the privacy of their homes,” he said. 

The provincial breakdown for recoveries as at 2 May were:

  • Gauteng (948)
  • Western Cape (779)
  • KwaZulu-Natal (375)
  • Free State (96)
  • Eastern Cape (275)
  • Limpopo (25)
  • Mpumalanga (18)
  • North West (20)
  • Northern Cape (13)


3 044 – Western Cape – 58 deaths

1 624 – Gauteng – 14 deaths

1 076 – KwaZulu-Natal – 34 deaths

774 – Eastern Cape – 17 deaths

122 – Free State – deaths

46 – Mpumalanga

37 – Limpopo – deaths

36 – North West

24 – Northern Cape

– Unallocated 

The Health Ministry has also noted that more than 2500 people recovered from the coronavirus.

On Friday (1 May), SA’s lockdown level was downgraded to level 4, meaning that an expected 1.5m people are expected to resume work on Monday. Companies have been urged to ensure that they have taken the necessary precautions to ensure worker safety. 

Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi, said businesses must have a clear plan on how they will protect the health and safety of everyone in their workplace.

Worldwide, more than 3.4m have tested positive for Covid-19 with 244 deaths reported. More than 1m people have also recovered from coronavirus.

(source: IOL)