Covid-19 update: SA cases jump to 116 overnight

  • Health minister Zwelini Mkhize confirmed that South Africa now has 116 local cases of coronavirus. 
  • The first case of local transmission has also been reported in Mpumalanga. 
  • Schools across South Africa and the borders are set to close on Wednesday to stop the spread of the virus.
  • Here’s what we know so far about the novel coronavirus behind Covid-19 in South Africa and beyond

Last updated: 10:1618 March 2020. 

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa has grown to 116, with the first case of local transmission reported in Mpumalanga, Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize announced on Wednesday morning.

This as schools across South Africa are set to close on Wednesday, and South Africa close its borders in line with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s novel coronavirus response plan. 

The government has now agreed with experts to include results from private laboratories in the official count again, reversing a previous decision to only announce cases once confirmed by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD).

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