Covid-19 update: Ramaphosa asks Putin for help, global death toll tops 60 000.
Worldwide, more than 60 000 people have now died from COVID-19.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has contact leaders, including Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, to help in SA in its battle against the coronavirus. South Africa has 1 505 confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2, with seven confirmed deaths. Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize says the virus is spreading in townships, which is giving the pandemic a “new dynamic”.
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As of Saturday evening, there are now more than 60 000 COVID-19 cases, according to information from the World Health Organisation.
Italy has had the most fatalities, with 14 681, followed by Spain (11 744). China has seen 3 326 people die.
The US has 278 458 diagnosed cases, with 7 159 fatalities.
Ramaphosa has approached Putin for help
In a series of tweets, President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that he approached a number of global leaders for help in South Africa’s fight in the coronavirus crisis, including Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organisation (WHO), as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates.