South Africa reports 297 new COVID-19 cases, total passes 5,500

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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. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa on Thursday reported an increase of 297 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours taking the country’s total number of cases to 5,647.

“As at today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 5647, an increase of 297 cases from yesterday. The total number of tests conducted to date is 207 530 of which 10 403 were done in the last 24 hours,” Minister of Health Dr. Zweli Mkhize said in a statement.

Western Cape Province accounts for most of the nation’s COVID-19 cases with 2,342 cases, representing about 42 percent of the total cases. Gauteng Province is second with 1,446 (26 percent) followed by KwaZulu in third with 980 (17 percent) followed by Free State Province with 116 (2 percent).

The other four provinces, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West and Northern Cape, have registered less than 100 COVID-19 cases each.

South Africa has rolled out mass testing in an attempt to curb the rising number of coronavirus infections and announced more measures that specifically expand treatment centres.

South Africa is the nation worst affected by COVID-19 on the continent.

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