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274 confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa

March 23, 2020
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March 23, 2020 Tumelo Moloi
274 confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa

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The number of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in South Africa has climbed to 274, according to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.

The minister announced on Sunday night that the number of cases has gone up by 34 from Saturday afternoon.

Gauteng currently has the highest number of confirmed cases with 132, followed by the Western Cape with 88.

After recording the first case of the coronavirus in South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal now stands at 36.

Most of the infected were between 21 and 60 years old.

69 cases were reported among persons aged between 31 and 40, while 63 were confirmed in the age group of 51 to 60 years.

According to the NICD, a total of 9,315 tests have been conducted in South Africa, 9,041 of which came back negative.

Announcement delayed

President Cyril Ramaphosa was set to address the country on matters related to COVID-19 on Sunday evening, following a meeting with business leaders and opposition parties at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

By Sunday night, the president was still engaged in meetings and the address was postponed to Monday.

“Among other issues is to look at the effect on our people by this coronavirus and how do we mitigate against that effect. So that is the issue before the national command council,” said Mthembu.

Public facilities closed

The Gauteng Provincial Government also sent out a tweet on Sunday stating that a number of public facilities have been closed to help stop the spread of the virus.

These include museums, art centres, swimming pools, braai and picnic spots, and camping sites.

Other closed facilities in the province include community halls, stadiums, sports fields, and nature reserves.

A full breakdown on the current confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases from the Department of Health is below.

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