- Confirmed cases of the coronavirus have risen to 62, according to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize
- However, this is likely to rise pending the outcome of further testing
- Included in this figure is the first confirmed case for the Limpopo province
South Africa's coronavirus cases have risen to 62 according to a statement released by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.
The Department of Health confirmed that there is a high possibility of more cases, but this is subject to the outcome of pending test results:
"We also wish to mention that there are two cases of local transmission which have been presented to the NICD. These are under investigation. We are in the process of conducting confirmation tests and establish their direct contacts and those whom they have subsequently come into contact with. All the patients have been advised and contact tracing is underway."
The Limpopo province has recorded its first case, a 28-year-old male doctor who had recently travelled to France, Spain and the Netherlands.
Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba stressed that the doctor had not shown any signs of infection upon his return to South Africa.
Despite the lack of symptoms, the doctor had voluntarily undergone self-quarantine and underwent testing.
The doctor is married with children and despite testing positive for the disease, has remained in good spirits.
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had announced a national disaster on Sunday evening, explaining the measures the government will be implementing to limit the continued spread of the virus.
Below is a breakdown of the other new cases:
- 33-year-old male (travelled to Spain)
- 68-year-old female (travelled to Austria)
- 30-year-old male (travelled to India)
- 39-year-old male (travelled to the US)
- 43-year-old female ( travelled to the US)
- 50-year-old male (travelled to France and the UK)
- 37-year-old male (travelled to the US, Dubai and Mexico)
WESTERN CAPE: 2
- 39-year-old male (travelled to Canada)
- 15-year-old male (travelled to France)
- A 29-year-old male (travelled to France and Netherlands)
- 55-year-old male who had travelled to France
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