President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country has increased to 150.

The new figure was announced by the president while speaking at a media briefing with religious leaders in Tshwane today [March 19].

During his address, Ramaphosa said: “The level of infection has now risen to 150, and that for us is concerning, because that already tells us that if you extrapolate that, it could start to rise in greater numbers. This reinforces our message about social distancing, that we should as much as possible reduce gatherings of people and not go beyond 100.”

Globally, there have been 225, 647 COVID-19 cases of which 130 538 are active, and 9 278 deaths as of today. Approximately 85 831 infected people have recovered.

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