Mkhize told journalists on Tuesday the government had expected the total number of confirmed cases to have reached between 4,000 and 5,000 by 2 April.
The country's most industrialised region, Gauteng Province, remains the area with the highest number of cases with 704, followed by the Western Cape Province with 454 cases, and KwaZulu-Natal Province with 246 cases, the minister said. The Free State has 87, Eastern Cape 31, Limpopo 19, Mpumalanga 18, North West 11, Northern Cape 8 and there are 77 unallocated cases.
An 86-year-old man from KZN who was admitted to hospital on 26 March for bronchopneumonia and respiratory distress passed away yesterday. She had presented with fever, short breath, body pains, dry cough and sore throat.
"We convey our condolences to the family of the deceased and thank the health workers who were treating these deceased patients", Mkhize said.
"It doesn't matter how much we spend on fighting COVID-19, it's worthwhile", he said, calling on South Africans to respect the lockdown and come for testing whenever they are called up. He had an underlying condition of chronic obstructive airway disease (COAD).
The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in South Africa is now trending below estimates recently laid out by the Department of Health.