Coronavirus in SA: Eight more cases confirmed, total now 24

The Department of Health has confirmed that eight more positive cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus have been found in South Africa, taking the total infections up to 24.

The NICD added that all these cases were from travellers coming into South Africa from other countries.

The patients have been found in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape, having caught the virus while travelling.

The body stressed that there was no evidence to suggest the virus was spreading widely within South Africa. “However, given the likelihood that contact is inevitable, the status of Covid-19 transmission can change.

“Nonetheless, the new Covid-19 cases are not linked to the group of 10 people who travelled to Italy.”

It was announced on Thursday that the first case of local transmission was discovered, but this was later retracted after testing came back negative.

The latest patients include

  • A 39 year old female from Gauteng who had travelled to Switzerland and Austria;
  • A 50 year old male from Gauteng who had travelled to Austria;
  • A 21 year old female from Gauteng who had travelled to Italy;
  • A 57 year old male from Gauteng who had travelled to Switzerland;
  • A 79 year old male from KZN who had travelled to Greece and Italy;
  • A 52 year old male from KZN who had travelled to Switzerland;
  • A 50 year old male from the Western Cape who had travelled to Switzerland and Austria;
  • A 46 year old male Western Cape who had travelled to Italy.

The latest numbers come after the department announced the discovery of three additional cases on Thursday.

This is how the virus is distributed across the provinces:

  • KwaZulu-Natal: 10 cases
  • Gauteng: 10 cases
  • Western Cape: 3 cases
  • Mpumalanga: 1 case
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