By the end of SA's third day of a nationwide lockdown, these are the current National Covid-19 Statistics:
- Total Cases: 1,326 (46 New Cases)
- Active Cases: 1,292 (7 Critical)
- Recovered: 31
- Fatalities: 3
The first case of Covid-19 in SA was recorded on the 4th of March 2020
New Developments (30 March 2020)
- President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a third Covid-19 related death during a national address.
The Coronavirus in South Africa has been declared a national disaster by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Globally, there are now 764,992 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 36,867 confirmed deaths.
The virus has spread to 199 countries/territories and 2 international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harboured in Yokohama, Japan and Holland America's MS Zaandam cruise ship)
Here is a brief list of South Africa's confirmed cases -
Gauteng - 584
Western Cape - 310
Free State - 72
North West - 6
Eastern Cape -12
Northern Cape - 6
The Minister said there was a debate with clinicians, epidemiologists, virologists on when the government must release results to the public.
“These experts raised an issue of an ethical obligation to immediately alert patients as soon as the results become available.
“This, therefore, means that by the time a confirmation test is conducted in public laboratories, patients would have been notified of their initial results. This clarification is important because as government, we had announced to the public that all positive results will be verified through our public laboratories and the NICD,” explained the Minister.
He said in an effort to ensure transparency, the government had decided to release results as they are submitted by both public and private labs.
“In instances where our confirmation tests give contrary results, we will inform the public, make reference to that specific result previously announced and give the outcome of the confirmation results.
“Whilst we respect that private laboratories have the capacity to test and on their own issue results, our intention and approach is to ensure that there is credibility in the information and results given to the public.
“Whilst we appreciate the importance of being transparent with South Africans, we will not do so irresponsibly and not take into account all clinical and any other broader implications of the information we give to you,” he said.
Repatriated South Africans
Mkhize further announced that the South Africans who were repatriated from Wuhan City, in China have tested negative for COVID-19. The group arrived in South Africa on Saturday and are in quarantine at The Ranch Hotel in Limpopo.
“It gives us great pleasure to also announce to South Africans that all the citizens from Wuhan were tested and their results came back negative for COVID-19. We continue to keep them in quarantine for the prescribed period and will thereafter initiate the process of reunifying them with the community,” said the Minister.
For more information and resources on COVID-19 go to https://www.sanews.gov.za/south-africa/coronavirus-101.