Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Friday announced at a media conference at Khayelitsha Hospital in the Cape metro that only 43 new positive cases of Covid-19 were reported.
According to the Minister the apparent slowdown in the infection rate of COVID-19 over the past few days does not necessarily reflect the true extent of the pandemic in South Africa.
At the time of Mkhize’s briefing, the Health Minister confirmed 7 deaths in the country.
The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed the death toll is at nine, after two additional deaths have been confirmed.
Deputy Health Minister Joe Phaahla says there are no backlogs for the virus. There was a week ago, but it was overtaken.
According to the Deputy Health Minister, with mobile testing centers, and private laboratories also increasing their capacity, the country will be able to test up to 30,000 a day.