- The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa has jumped to 51
- The new figure sees 13 new cases since the last announcement of Saturday
- This comes as citizens call on the president to implement strict travel restrictions
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has revealed South Africa now has 51 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
In a statement released by the Department of Health, Mkhize confirmed that 13 new infections have been noted in the space of just a few hours.
IOL reports the Minister and Deputy Minister of Health held an urgent National Health Council meeting with the intent of discussing the latest situation on a provincial level in the wake of the increase in cases:
"In our engagement, it became clear that the role played by contact tracers is very important and their capacity needs to be strengthened. The NHC agreed that in order to minimize the risk of further spread of the virus, contact tracing must be done within 48 hours."
The breakdown of the newly confirmed cases per province is as follows:
- 60-year-old male (travelled to Iran)
- 36-year-old male (travelled to the UK)
- 54-year-old male ( travelled to Switzerland)
- 27-year-old male (travelled to the UK)
- 21-year-old female (travelled to Germany)
- 53-year-old female (travelled to Germany)
- 29-year-old male (travelled to Switzerland)
WESTERN CAPE: 5
- 35-year-old female (travelled to Germany and Austria )
- 42-year-old female (travelled to Spain, Switzerland and the UK)
- 50-year-old male (travelled to the Netherlands)
- 33-year-old male (travelled to Switzerland)
- 35-year-old male (travelled to Austria)
- 34-year-old male who had travelled to the UK
Briefly.co.za reported that numerous citizens had called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to follow other countries and implement travel restrictions to prevent further spread of the virus.
To date, every confirmed case of the coronavirus was contracted by citizens who recently travelled overseas.
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