The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the North West is 50, an increase of 5 cases from previously reported cases.

Three of the five additional cases were confirmed in Rustenburg, each in Mahikeng and Matlosana.

The number of recoveries has increased to 24. North West contributes 0.5% to South Africa’s burden of disease.

“We are saddened to report that on Monday, 11 May 2020, the Province reported its first COVID-19 related death.

The deceased is a 52 year old male from Rustenburg who presented with severe respiratory distress, hypertension, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

We express our deepest condolences to the family and appreciate the health workers who treated the patient,” said North West MEC of Heatlh, Madoda Sambatha.