As of today [April 21] the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 3 465. The total number of tests conducted to date is 126 937, of which 5427 were done in the last 24 hours.

The provincial breakdown is as follows:

Today Government officials also visited the Eastern Cape where they have observed a rapid rise in the number of confirmed cases, raising concerns. The biggest risk of spread that has been identified is the cultural practices occurring at funerals.

Officials immediately took a decision to urgently deploy more medical experts including senior epidemiologists, analysts and field consultants to reinforce the provincial team, led by Dr Kerrigan McCarthy from the NICD.

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