Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize announced today (Friday) that the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in South Africa currently stands at 2 003.

He further noted these numbers are as of midnight the previous night and are bound to rise in batches.

As of today, 10 April, the number of Covid-19 tests conducted is 73 028 and there have been 24 confirmed deaths attributed to the virus.

Breakdown of deaths is as follows:

* Gauteng – 3
* Western Cape – 6
* KwaZulu-Natal – 12
* Free State – 3

It is important to note that except for two cases, the deceased’s ages are 63 and upwards. The department of health has also noted that people with co-existing diseases succumb quicker.

“Our health workers are fighting in a heroic way and the number of recoveries stands at 410 people,” Mkhize stated.

It is important to know that there is scientific basis and support for the extension of the lockdown announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa last night.

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