South Africa’s positive cases of the COVID-19 virus have increased by 34 in just 24 hours, Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize announced via a statement yesterday [March 22]. The total number of cases has now risen to 274.
He provided a province-by-province breakdown of all the cases, divided in sub-categories of age and sex. Here is the latest information:
Mkhize also announced that tracer teams would be “beefed up” to track down all possible carriers of the virus across every province, but that the country can only conduct 5 000 tests per day. He is hoping to increase this capacity to 30 000 tests per day in just a month’s time.
President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation today to provide an update on the battle against the coronavirus. The address was meant to be made last night, but the president was stuck in meetings and could not make it for his 7pm slot.