Coronavirus: Mkhize confirms 554 cases, warns more are expected

Coronavirus: Mkhize confirms 554 cases, warns more are expected

- Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has confirmed a further increase in coronavirus cases in SA

- Speaking during the inter-ministerial briefing on the lockdown, Mkhize noted that numbers across the world continue to rise

- This comes as South Africa prepares to go into a 21-day lockdown period

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says that the coronavirus pandemic is changing and each nation should adjust accordingly.

Speaking during the interministerial briefing on Tuesday, Mkhize confirmed that South Africa has seen another increase in confirmed cases.

The total number of infections has now risen to 554, after 402 reported on Monday ahead of the president's announcement. reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a 21-day lockdown in light of the seriousness of the outbreak.

READ ALSO: Coronavirus: Ramaphosa announces 21-day lockdown in South Africa

Mkhize stressed the importance of adhering to regulations announced during this period in order to reduce the number of infections:

"We have to behave in a way that will make it easier to flatten the curve of Covid-19."

The minister said his focus is currently on treating citizens who have tested positive for the coronavirus and tracing efforts to locate people these citizens have come into contact with.

With 16 million people making use of public transport in South Africa, Mkhize says freezing movement in the country would help limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The minister warned that the confirmed cases are expected to continue rising for the next two weeks:

"It will take us a couple of weeks before we see a turnaround."

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