- The number of coronavirus cases in South Africa has increased to 13 with six new cases announced
- In a statement issued by the Department of Health, it was confirmed that all new patients had travelled outside of the country
- Meanwhile, the SANDF has headed to China to retrieve South African citizens in its repatriation mission
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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that another six South Africans have contracted the coronavirus.
In a statement issued on the development, Mkhize revealed that all of the new infections had been contracted abroad.
Mkhize further explained that all patients have been dealt with and tracing has begun for all cases:
"All the patients have now been advised. Those who are symptomatic have started receiving treatment. Some of these patients are already in hospital while some, specifically those who are asymptomatic, are in self-quarantine. Contact tracing has also started for all these cases."
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The minister revealed that over 645 tests for the virus have been conducted and called for privacy for the patients:
"More information relating to these cases will be communicated. We also request that the privacy of the patients and the families continue to be observed by the media and members of the public."
In Gauteng, the following new cases were reported:
- 33-year-old female who travelled to Italy (returned 1 March)
- Couple, a 34-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman who travelled to Germany (returned 9 March)
- A 57-year-old male who travelled to Austria and Italy (returned 9 March)
- 40-year-old man who travelled to Portugal (returned 7 March)
In the Western Cape:
- A 36-year-old man who travelled to multiple countries including Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Turkey (returned 9 March)
Meanwhile, South African National Defence Force officials have headed to China in a bid to escort citizens home from Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus.
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had confirmed the mission would cost an estimated R25 million, including quarantine facilities for the citizens upon their arrival in South Africa.
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