South Africa has 3 034 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 903 recoveries and 52 deaths, the Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said on Saturday.

Mkhize held a virtual briefing on Saturday evening, where he released the country’s latest COVID-19 statistics.

Provincial statistics

Gauteng has the majority of COVID-19 cases at 1 101, while the Western Cape has 836.

KwaZulu-Natal has 604, Eastern Cape 270, Free State 100 and Limpopo 26 cases.

In addition, the North West has 24 cases, Mpumalanga 25 and the Northern Cape 16.

There were 32 unallocated cases.

To date, 108 021 COVID-19 tests have been conducted.

Senior citizens most vulnerable

The majority of those who had passed away were the elderly.

“The majority of the deceased patients have been generally elderly people and individuals who had underlying comorbidities (illnesses).”

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize

“It has tended to be consistent worldwide. We find that people with other ailments tend to succumb to those ailments, especially if affected by COVID-19.”

“Of course in some instances, COVID-19 might be the one that becomes a complicating factor,” said the Minister.

Dr. Mkhize has urged vulnerable groups to adhere to their treatment routines and to stay at home in order to reduce their exposure to COVID-19 infection.

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