Health minister Zweli Mkhize has deployed a team of medical experts to the Eastern Cape to shore up its response to Covid-19, following a rapid rise in cases in the past week. Its tally stood at 345 cases on Tuesday, almost double the 174 cases reported on April 14.

“The biggest risk of spread that has been identified is the cultural practices occurring at funerals,” Mkhize said in a statement on Tuesday evening. “We engaged with the provincial executive led by premier Oscar Mabuyane and the health MEC Sindiswa Gomba. We immediately took a decision to urgently deploy more medical experts including senior epidemiologists, analysts and field consultants to reinforce the provincial team, led by Kerrigan McCarthy from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases,” he said...

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