Coronavirus cases rise to 17 in South Africa

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Dr Zweli Mkhize announced on Thursday, 12 March 2020, that South Africa now has 17 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). This is an additional four cases from Wednesday.

The new four cases are from the following provinces:

FREE STATE:
A 32-year-old male who came into contact with a Chinese businessman. This is the first case of local transmission as all others have been by patients who had travelled abroad.

KWAZULU-NATAL:
A 38-year-old male from Durban who lives in Turkey and was visiting his family in South Africa has tested positive. He had travelled to the UK and returned to SA on 7 March 2020.

MPUMALANGA:
A 27-year-old female from Mpumalanga who had travelled to the United States. She returned to South Africa on 7 March 2020.

GAUTENG:
A 43-year-old male from Johannesburg who had travelled to New York via Dubai and returned to South Africa on 8 March 2020.

Read more: Coronavirus in SA: What we know so far

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