The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa stood at 4 546 by Sunday evening, an increase of 185 cases since a day before.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in his daily update of the country’s Covid figures that a single death case was reported in the Western Cape. The number of Covid-19-related deaths is now 87. The Western Cape is still the province with the largest case of people who have contracted the virus.
So far, 168 643 people have been tested for the disease. Almost 7,700 of these tests were done in the last 24 hours.
Mkhize, meanwhile, said a delegation of 217 Cuban doctors is expected to arrive in South Africa early Monday morning. They were responding to a request from the South African government to its Cuban counterpart to send help and medical specialists, especially experts in the field of infectious disease.
“The strong social and political solidarity and support between the countries can be seen in various development programs. The Department of Health has consistently enjoyed this support during the continuing medical education of South African students in Cuba, ”Mkhize said.
“Just as Cuba did in the apartheid era, he has now reached out again by sending health workers here specializing in family health, infection control, case management, regulatory authority, epidemiology and surveillance, health technology and biostatistics.”
According to the minister, Cuba is known for its thorough preparation for disasters and its deployment of medical workers wherever they are needed.
The doctors were quarantined prior to their departure to South Africa. “This is despite the fact that Cuba is one of the countries where the infection rate is minimal,” Mkhize said.
“In South Africa we have taken an additional step that is in accordance with our seclusion regulations. The team will be placed here in provisional quarantine while waiting for their test results. We are going to use this time to make them rope in the South African situation and the different provinces to which they will be sent. ”
Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa will officially welcome them to the country afterwards.
Mkhize thanked the Cuban ambassador to South Africa for the help. “Our health institutions will undoubtedly benefit from this generous and selfless gesture of our Cuban brothers.”