The COVID-19 epidemic has been declared a national state of disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act; this was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the 15th. Ramaphosa said there were 61 cases, however, the Ministry did mention they waiting for confirmation from the Minister of Health – as there’s was one (1) unaccounted patient.
As of today, South Africa has a total of 62 confirmed and verified cases of COVID-19, Coronavirus as confirmed by the Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize.
“There are more cases but these are yet to be verified,” said Zweli in a statement.
Here are the cases provided for by the government:
- A 33-year-old male who had travelled to Spain
- A 68-year-old female who had travelled to Austria
- A 30-year-old male who had travelled to India
- A 39-year-old male who had travelled to the US
- A 43-year-old female who had travelled to the US
- A 50-year-old male who had travelled to France and the UK
- A 37-year-old male who had travelled to the US, Dubai, and Mexico
Western Cape: 2
- A 39-year-old male who had travelled to Canada
- A 15-year-old male who had travelled to France
- A 29-year-old male who had travelled to France and Netherlands
- A 55-year-old male who had travelled to France
Mkhize also reports two cases of local transmission which have been presented to NICD which are still investigated.
“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” added the Minister.