977 people succumb to Covid-19 related illnesses

POLOKWANE 

 

The Limpopo Health Department has updated the province’s COVID-19 death statistics.

According to the Limpopo department of health’s spokesman Neil Shikwambana, the province has captured an additional 238 deaths  following the final capturing by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD).

 

These are the figures which could not be immediately reported on the official statistics due to delays in capturing.

These figures goes as far back as August 2020. Of this number, 160 are from Private facilities while 78 come from Public facilities.

 

With the updated figures, the total number of COVID-19 related death in Limpopo now stands at 977

 

“This is indeed a difficult time for the people of our province because these are not just numbers, but of our loved ones who have left us. We have seen up to six deaths happening in one family. Families are being broken,” said MEC Phophi Ramathuba.

 

MEC Ramathuba further indicated the importance of psycho social support during these difficult times.

“After the psychosocial support hub that we initiated for our healthcare workers, we are now as the department currently finalising our psychosocial support program for grieving families. May the soul of our departed family members and friends rest in peace” said Ramathuba.

 

The department would like to call upon all the people of our province to continue to avoid gatherings including funerals, ensure the wearing of mask, washing of hands with water and soap or sanitize with 70% alcohol based sanitizer at all times.

 

Thapelo Motseo

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