Daily Covid-19 update: Inside Nasrec, 9,300 more cases reported

South Africa’s Covid-19 surge in infections continues unabated with another 9,300 new cases being recorded as of Monday, 20 July.

In a late night statement, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced that the county’s total recorded infections tally now stand at 373,628 cases. Another 140 deaths have been recorded, bringing the total number of fatalities to 5,173.

The minister added that the recovery rate stood at 52%.

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KwaZulu Natal, which has the highest infection rate according to Mkhize, has recorded 429 deaths. Speaking while inspecting the Nasrec and Lenasia field hospitals yesterday, he said that this could mean that the province would take over from Gauteng to become the country’s next hotspot.

“We will discuss with KZN the issue of having enough beds and oxygen for patients. The turnaround times (for tests) should also be reduced. Our clinicians are on top of their game and they have good enough experience,” he added.

He has also addressed reports that Gauteng hospital beds were full, which he believed were created by the delays in getting test results, causing patients to be kept under investigation for longer in hospital.

Mkhize said the department was working around the clock to create more bed capacity so no one was turned away at hospitals.

“There are those who may not be admitted because of the doctor’s decision. It will not be because of space, but because of the
clinical judgement that they are going to be treated somewhere else,” he said.

He said the drop in trauma patient numbers gave them a huge advantage and would assist clinicians with dealing with Covid-19
patients in the next few weeks.

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