Today [April 27], the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 4 793, according to a statement by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. The total number of tests conducted to date is 178 470, of which 9 827 were done in the last 24 hours. Two more people from the Western Cape died and one from KwaZulu-Natal.

The total cumulative COVID-19 related deaths is now 90. The cases were:

A 79-year-old male who presented with shortness of breath and chest pain. His co-morbidities included diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney disease and cardiac disease (WC).

A 58-year-old male who presented with imminent cardiovascular arrest. He was a person living with HIV and had obesity (WC).

A 54-year-old male who presented with respiratory distress. He had underlying diabetes.

“We wish to convey our condolences to the families of the deceased and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased patients,” the Minister added.

The provincial breakdown is as follows:

Gauteng: 1 353
Western Cape: 1 737
KwaZulu-Natal: 902
Eastern Cape: 588
Free State: 111
Limpopo: 31
North West: 28
Mpumalanga: 26
Northern Cape: 17

“This evening we were privileged to participate in a virtual ‘grand ward round’ with over 400 participants including provincial MEC’s, HOD’s, clinicians, epidemiological and infectious diseases experts. We discussed some interesting cases and unusual presentations. As we continue to learn more about COVID-19 it is especially important to stay in touch with the frontline workers to better understand the inner workings of treating individual patients,” the statement said.

The Minister also said it was a fascinating session that has certainly contributed immensely to the body of work that ensures increased medical precision.

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