South Africa recorded a total of 399 deaths from the Covid-19 pandemic as of Wednesday, an increase of 27 over the past 24 hours, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said.
“Unfortunately, we have recorded the first neonatal mortality related to Covid-19,” Mkhize said.
The victim was a two-day-old child who was born prematurely and therefore had lung problems that required ventilation support immediately after birth, according to Mr Mkhize.
The mother had tested positive for coronavirus and the child was also found infected, the minister said.
THE CASE IS RISING
At the same time, the total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in South Africa has increased to 18,003, which is an increase of 803 from Tuesday’s figure, Mkhize said.
Nationally, the total number of recoveries so far is 8,950, says Mkhize.
In total, 505,861 tests have been conducted so far, with 18,252 done over the past 24-hour cycle, he said.
The Western Cape Province remained the epicenter with 11,262 confirmed cases and 210 deaths, followed by Gauteng with 2,400 cases and 27 deaths, Eastern Cape with 2,215 cases and 45 deaths, and KwaZulu-Natal with 1,650 cases and 46 deaths.
On Tuesday evening, for the first time, the South African government released the modeling or forecasts for the Covid-19 pandemic, which showed that between 40,000 and 45,000 South Africans could die from Covid-19 by November, with the existing beds for intensive care expected to be overwhelmed.
The releases of the projections followed intense criticism of the lack of transparency around modeling and other Covid-19 tasks.