Johannesburg – Health experts on Tuesday night said South Africa’s general Covid-19 trajectory was optimistic, but In the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape, it was pessimistic.
This came as South Africa had 26 new Covid-19 related deaths and 767 new infections. 23 of those 26 deaths were from the Western and Eastern Cape provinces. And out of the 767 new infections, 687 of those came from the two provinces.
With 60% of all cases and deaths coming from the province, Western is the epicentre of the virus in South Africa.
The Northern Cape on Tuesday recorded its first Covid-19 death, according to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.
Western Cape – 21
Eastern Cape – 2
KZN – 1
Gauteng – 1
Northern Cape – 1
Data provided by the Department of Health shows that on Tuesday, 8 out of 10 Covid-19 deaths ad infections came from the Western Cape.
78.7% of infections came from the Western Cape, followed by the Eastern Cape with 10.8%, the remaining 10% coming from KZN, Gauteng, Free State, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.
There were no new cases in the North West and Northern Cape provinces.
The experts who were presenting this in a virtual meeting on Tuesday said the initial social distancing and strict lockdown measures had worked in flattening the curve and delaying the Covid-19 peak.