As of today, 23 April 2020, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 3,953. This is an increase of 318 from previously reported cases. A total of 9,796 tests were done in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of reported cases to 143,570.

In a statement, the Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize said “We are observing a steady increase in the number of positive cases. We are pleased that the intensified community screening and testing campaign is assisting in finding more COVID-19 positive patients”. To date more than 3 million people have been screened by health workers. Of the total number screened, 24 174 have been referred for testing.

Regrettably, 10 more people have died due to the coronavirus. The Deaths occurred in Western Cape (6),KwaZulu-Natal (2), Gauteng and Eastern Cape with a single death each. The national death toll is now 75. We express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the deceased.

There’s 1,473 COVID-19 recoveries in South Africa. Gauteng has recorded the most recoveries at 843.

Later this evening President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on the “measures that will be taken beyond the nation-wide lockdown to re-open the economy”. The National lockdown is expected to end at the end of the month.

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