S.African COVID-19 cases surge to 116

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A boy in a school uniform, wearing a protective mask to protect against the coronavirus, walks past other boys playing at Alexandra township in South Africa, March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
A boy in a school uniform, wearing a protective mask to protect against the coronavirus, walks past other boys playing at Alexandra township in South Africa, March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa on Wednesday reported 31 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally to 116, as local transmissions increased.

Among the new patients, there has been a further increase of six local transmission cases, Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize said.

Late Tuesday, Mkhize announced 23 new cases, including eight local transmissions.

Previously, the country reported two local transmissions.

Putting the numbers together, South Africa now has 16 local transmission cases. The other cases involved people who had travelled to Europe, North America or the Middle East.

South Africa, which reported its first confirmed case on March 5, has seen the sharpest surge in COVID-19 cases in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Mkhize said on Wednesday background information on local transmissions has been collated and will be shared with the public later.

“We will provide information to the public, so as to give a sense of how these local transmissions occur,” the minister said.

He, however, refused to disclose full details as such information is subject to patient confidentiality.

Of the country’s nine provinces, five provinces have reported confirmed COVID-19 cases. Gauteng has the highest number of cases, followed by Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

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