Covid-19: SA records highest increase with 354 new cases confirmed

This is the highest number of cases in a 24-hour cycle recorded to date and represents a 73% increase relative to the day before

As of today, 29 April, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa stands at 5 350, which is an increase of 354 from yesterday.

This is the highest number of cases in a 24-hour cycle recorded to date and represents a 73% increase relative to the day before.

The total number of tests conducted to date is 197 127, of which 11 630 were done in the last 24 hours. This is the highest number of tests conducted in a 24 hour period l, representing a 66% increase relative to the day before.

Additionally, this has also been the highest Covid-19 positive results gained from a 24-hour cycle of testing, standing at 3%.

The provincial breakdown is as follows:

  • Eastern Cape – 630
  • Free State – 113
  • Gauteng – 1408
  • KwaZulu-Natal – 956
  • Limpopo – 31
  • Mpumalanga – 31
  • North West – 29
  • Northern Cape – 17
  • Western Cape – 2135
  • Unknown – 0

The Department of Health further announced that 10 more deaths have been reported from Gauteng, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Eastern Cape bringing the total confirmed deaths in South Africa to 103.

Gauteng (3)

  • 89-year-old female who presented with shortness of breath.
  • 82-year-old female who had underlying chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She presented with acute renal failure and concomitant urinary tract infection
  • 80-year-old male who presented with fever and shortness of breath. He also had underlying COPD

Western Cape (4)

  • 57-year-old male presenting with fever and shortness of breath. He had underlying hypertension.
  • A 61-year-old female who presented with flu like symptoms and low blood oxygen. She was hypertensive.
  • A 58-year-old female who presented with fever and shortness of breath. She had poorly controlled hypertension
  • A 33-year-old female who presented with flu like symptoms and low blood oxygen. Her case is concerning as she was subsequently diagnosed with acute myocarditis (inflammation of the heart). She had no previously diagnosed co-morbidities

KwaZulu-Natal (2)

  • An 89-year-old female  who  had underlying  conditions  of hypertension,  diabetes  and cardiac disease
  • A 67-year-old female who had underlying conditions of asthma and arthritis

Eastern Cape (1)

  • A 39-year-old female that presented with pneumonia. She was a person living with HIV with superadded tuberculosis and cryptococcal meningitis.

It has been noted that one of the deceased patients from the Western Cape was a registered nurse who worked for the Department of Health.