South Africa has 2,003 confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize revealed.

This is an increase of 69 new cases from yesterday’s figure announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Six more people have died as a result of the virus, putting the total number of deaths at 24.

A total of 73,028 tests have now been conducted.

Gauteng still accounts for the highest number of cases with 801, followed by the Western Cape with 541, and KwaZulu-Natal with 412.

Mkhize said there have also been fruitful discussions with private hospitals to make beds available to members of the public without medical aid.

The majority of the infected who required hospitalisation have been admitted to private hospitals, he added.

Speaking at a press briefing in Pietermaritzburg, Mkhize also thanked churches for their assistance in fighting the spread of the virus by keeping their members at home during the Easter weekend.

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