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Covid-19 UPDATE-31st March: 1,326 Cases And 3 Deaths In SA Now


The Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, has announced that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Africa has increased. This is a developing story. 

Tuesday 31st March 2020

The NICD has stated, "The number of infections continues to grow and there are now 1,326 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in SA. We are deeply saddened that in the last few days, 3 South Africans have died from the disease."

Last night, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation and said, "In the coming days, government will be rolling out a screening, testing, tracing and medical management programme on a huge scale. Around 10,000 field workers will be visiting homes in villages, towns and cities to screen residents for COVID-19 symptoms. People with symptoms will be referred to local clinics or mobile clinics for testing."

Latest infographic released by Department of Health and NICD

Monday 30th March 2020

South Africa now has a total of 1280 recorded positive cases of Covid-19.The total number of deaths totals at 2. There has been 31 recoveries. 

All provinces in South Africa have recorded cases of Covid-19. 

Saturday 28th March 2020

Friday 27th March 2020

The Minister of Health has announced that Western Cape has seen the first death from Covid-19 in South Africa. It was first announced that there were two deaths but after a test was done, one of the individuals who passed away was found to test negative for Covid-19. 

Minister Mkhize has announced that South Africa now has 1170 confirmed cases. This shows an increase of 243 cases.

Thursday 26th March 2020

The lockdown will officially start tonight at midnight. People will still be able to leave their homes but only to seek medical care, buy food, medicine and collect social grants. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested negative for Covid-19.

218 new cases of Covid-19 are confirmed. This brings the total of South African cases to 927. With Gauteng at the highest with 409 cases and Western Cape at 229 cases.

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Health Minister Mkhize confirms the total of coronavirus cases in South Africa currently stands at 709. South Africa has had no deaths connected to the virus. However, 2 patients who tested positive are in ICU in private hospitals. 

Tuesday 24th March 2020

Last night during his address, the President announced that South Africa will participate in a 21 day lockdown starting Thursday, 26 March at midnight and ending on Thursday 16 April. 

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the country now has 554 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. This means that there has been an increase of 152 cases since yesterday.

Health officials have been consistent in contact tracing and national tracking of the virus. 

Monday 23rd March 2020

The National Institute for Communicable Disease has reported that South Africa now has 402 confirmed cases of COVID19. This means there has been an increase of 128 from yesterday’s announcement.

100 of these cases are from the Western Cape. The biggest increase has been in Gauteng which saw an additional 75 cases bringing their total to 207.

The President is set to address the nation tonight to discuss further measures to tackle the Covid-19 challenge. 

Sunday 22nd March 2020

The National Institute for Communicable Disease has confirmed that the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa has increased by 34 to a total of 274 cases.

"Of the 274 cases, 208 (76%) have a history of travel from an area where COVID-19 is circulating. The majority of those without international travel history have had recent contact with persons who have travelled internationally".

Earlier it was announced that the President would make a speech to the county about the measures taken to address the international pandemic. However as the meeting of the national committee of all parties dealing with the crisis was carrying on late into the night it was later announced that President Ramaphose would only address the nation on Monday morning.

Saturday 21st March 2020

From Minister of Health Zwele Mkhize: As of today, South Africa now has 240 confirmed cases of Covid-19. This means there has been an increase of 38 from yesterday's announcement.

It is also notable that the Eastern Cape has its first confirmed case. This patient is a 28 year old female who traveleed to Germany".

There are 16 new cases in Gauteng. 3 in KZN, 1 in Eastern Cape, 18 in Western Cape,

On a more positive note, the husband and wife who were the first two patients to be confirmed to be infected with the Covid-19 infection have both now recovered and return to their home. They were part of a group of 10 South Africans who traveled to a ski resort in northern Italy. It is believed that 9 of those 10 travelers tested positived for Covid-19.

Friday March 20th

There are now 202 cases of the Coronavirus which has been declared a national disaster by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Globally, there are now 247,595 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 10,064 deaths. The virus has spread to 182 countries/territories.

Among the new cases in the country is a 2-year-old boy from the Western Cape who has not travelled internationally. This is the youngest confirmed case.

“It is notable that there are eight cases of local transmission,” said the Minister in a statement.

There are 14 new cases in Gauteng:

-A 45 year-old male who had travelled to Belgium, UK, France and the US

-A 37 year-old male who had travelled to the UK

-A 54 year-old female who had travelled to the USA

-A 52 year-old male who had travelled to the UK

-A 25 year-old male who travelled to the UK

-A 52 year-old female who had travelled to Italy

-A 59 year-old male who travelled to the UK and Dubai

-A 57 year-old male who travelled to the USA

-A 60 year-old male who travelled to the USA

-A 37 year-old female who travelled to Italy and Dubai

-A 21 year-old female with no travel history

-A 34 year-old male with no international travel history

-A 26 year-old female with no international travel history

-A 32 year-old female with no international travel history

There are four new cases in KwaZulu-Natal:

-A 48 year-old male who travelled to Dubai

-A 59 year-old female with no international travel history

-A 5 year-old male with no international travel history

-A 3 year-old male with no international travel history

There are five new cases in the Western Cape:

-A 3 year-old male who travelled to the UK

-A 58 year-old male who travelled to the UK and Austria

-A 2 year-old male with no international travel

-A 62 year-old female who travelled to the UK and Ethiopia

-A 71 year-old female who travelled to the UK

The Minister said there was a debate with clinicians, epidemiologists, virologists on when government must release results to the public.

“These experts raised an issue of an ethical obligation to immediately alert patients as soon as the results become available.

“This therefore means that by the time a confirmation test is conducted in public laboratories, patients would have been notified of their initial results. This clarification is important because as government, we had announced to the public that all positive results will be verified through our public laboratories and the NICD,” explained the Minister.

He said in an effort to ensure transparency, government had decided to release results as they are submitted by both public and private labs.

“In instances where our confirmation tests give contrary results, we will inform the public, make reference to that specific result previously announced and give the outcome of the confirmation results.

“Whilst we respect that private laboratories have the capacity to test and on their own issue results, our intention and approach is to ensure that there is credibility in the information and results given to the public.“Whilst we appreciate the importance of being transparent with South Africans, we will not do so irresponsibly and not take into account all clinical and any other broader implications of the information we give to you,” he said.

Repatriated South Africans

Mkhize further announced that the South Africans who were repatriated from Wuhan City, in China have tested negative for COVID-19. The group arrived in South Africa on Saturday and are in quarantine at The Ranch Hotel in Limpopo.

“It gives us great pleasure to also announce to South Africans that all the citizens from Wuhan were tested and their results came back negative for COVID-19. We continue to keep them in quarantine for the prescribed period and will thereafter initiate the process of reunifying them with the community,” said the Minister.


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