Confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa spiked by 251, however, more tests are now being conducted. The Health Ministry of South Africa provided the following update:
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa on 18 April
Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a Zoom press conference on Saturday evening that COVID-19 infections in South Africa rose from 2 783 on 17 April to 3 034 on Saturday 18 April 2020.
As at 18 April, 52 COVID-19-related deaths have been recorded in South Africa, and 903 patients have recovered. The minister added that 108 021 tests have been conducted.
Breakdown by province in South Africa on 18 April
At the time of publishing, Gauteng still has the most confirmed cases with a total of 1 101, followed by the Western Cape with 836, KwaZulu-Natal with 604 and Eastern Cape with 270.
In addition, 100 cases had been confirmed for the Free State, along with 26 confirmed cases in Limpopo, 25 cases in Mpumalanga and 16 cases in the Northern Cape. There are 32 unallocated cases. The NICD warns:
“As the number of positive cases continues to grow, we urge the public to take preventive measures. Stay at home unless it’s essential. [Keep SA Safe] and reduce the spread of COVID-19″