“These risk factors are important to take into count because they are also similar factors [in reported deaths] when it comes to being in contact with the Covid-19 infection.
“We also still have an unknown factor which is HIV/Aids and tuberculosis and unfortunately South Africa has got the largest numbers and therefore we would not be in a position to learn from many other countries because they have got less of a challenge than us,” Mkhize said.
He said that they still felt that the country was fortunate when it came to number of deaths which he said stood at 1,9%.
Western Cape remains the epicentre with 1,870 cases with Gauteng sitting with 1,377 cases.
There are currently 919 cases in KwaZulu-Natal, 616 in the Eastern Cape, 113 in the Free State, 31 in Limpopo, 29 in the North West, 24 in Mpumalanga and 17 in the Northern Cape.
In reporting the numbers, health minister Zweli Mkhize said that the three deaths were in the Western Cape.