South Africa coronavirus cases reach 1,505

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Residents look out of the window as a worker wearing protective gear sprays disinfectant to sanitise parts of the Alexandra's Madala Men's Hostel during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to try to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Alexandra, South Africa April 1, 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Residents look out of the window as a worker wearing protective gear sprays disinfectant to sanitise parts of the Alexandra’s Madala Men’s Hostel during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to try to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Alexandra, South Africa April 1, 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

South Africa has confirmed another 43 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 1,505, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Friday.

Mkhize also reported two more deaths; an 80-year-old man who died on 1 April and an 81-year-old woman who died on 2 April.

He said there were two more cases that were under investigation and, if confirmed, would take the country’s official Covid-19 death to nine.

Mkhize said there was a question over the value of testing people, when over 50,000 tests had revealed a relatively small 1,500 cases.

“It is worth the effort even if we test several million people but only find a couple of thousand cases … because the devastation of a Covid-19 outbreak that is unmanaged and uncontrolled is far worse than the cost of testing many people,” he said. “We need many more people being tested.”

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