Latest COVID-19 stats shows 2-day-old baby among the national COVID-19 related deaths

COVID-19
Newcastillian issue 24 digital magazine
Click the link to read the latest issue of the Newcastillian – Digital Magazine

As of Wednesday evening, May 20, the confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa stands at a staggering 18 0003 cases.

Furthermore, the number of COVID-19 related deaths has risen to 339. In a statement, National Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize said the deaths include a two-day old baby.

“Sadly, we have recorded the first neonatal mortality related to COVID-19, this was a two-day-old baby that was born prematurely and therefore had lung difficulties which required ventilation support immediately after birth.”

Dr Mkhize adds the child’s mother had initially tested positive for COVID-19.

The chid subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 as well. Dr Mkhize emphasises that it is important to appreciate the complexities of the underlying condition of prematurity.

“We extend a special word of comfort to the mother of this child and salute the neonatologists, nurses and all allied and technical personnel who had the difficult task of caring for the neonate to the end.”

Read more: Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga discusses preparations to reopen schools

Among the newly recorded deaths, Dr Mkhize claims his department is devastated to have registered the death of a health care worker in the Western Cape.

“When COVID-19 claims the lives of the very people who are the bedrock of the national response, we feel the loss in so many ways.”

At this time, Dr Mkhize sends a heartfelt tribute to the health care workers, who continue to serve with honour and compassion. This is despite the risks they face in the frontline.

“My heart goes out to the family, colleagues and loved ones of this compatriot: we salute her for the contribution she has made to the fight against COVID-19.”

Read more: Nurses, the true heroes in the fight against giants

Furthermore, Dr Mkhize extends his condolences to all the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who cared for the deceased.

To date, a total of 505 861 tests have been conducted with the number of recoveries stands at 8950.

SHARE:

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on whatsapp
Share on reddit
Share on print

One Response

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Looking for something?
Use the search box below

FIND US
on Social Media

Subscribe To Our Monthly Newsletter

Follow us on Facebook