COVID-19 cases in South Africa rise to 1686

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Health Ministry has confirmed that the number of Covid-19 cases has increased to 1686 as of today.

The death of a 57-year-old man from the Western Cape takes the total death toll to 12.

Gauteng has the highest number of infections standing at 713, while the Northern Cape has the least cases.

“We must not be shocked when we the number (of cases) increase, but these measures – if we all work together – will turn the curve around. It won’t happen tomorrow, it won’t happen next week, and if there is any change it will will probably be seen in a couple of weeks.” – Health minister Zweli Mkhize

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, stated that it is closely monitoring the status of COVID-19 in the country.

South Africa has declared a state of disaster with events cancelled, schools closing and international travel restrictions. All this has been implemented to prevent the virus from spreading.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday evening announced drastic new measures to combat the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in South Africa. The president enforced a three week lockdown period, beginning Thursday (26 March), at midnight, with severe restrictions on travel and movement.

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