Just as the COVID-19 outbreak has been declared a national state of emergency in terms of the Disaster Management Act, the National Department of Health has confirmed 62 cases in South Africa as of Monday, March 16.

Along with these confirmed cases the Department says there are a number of additional cases that are yet to be verified.

The Department of Health has also confirmed that two cases of local transmission have been presented to the NICD and that they are currently under investigation. Processes are underway to conduct tests and confirm the direct contacts of the patient. One of the cases took place in KwaZulu-Natal where a 3-year-old learner contracted the virus from her mother.

Details of the new confirmed cases are as follow:


– A 33-year-old male who travelled to Spain

– A 68-year-old female who travelled to Austria

– A 30-year-old male who travelled to India

– A 43-year-old female who travelled to the US

– A 50-year-old make who travelled to France and the UK

– A 37-year-old male who travelled to the US, Dubai and Mexico

Western Cape

– A 39-year-old male who travelled to Canada

– A 15-year-old male who travelled to France


– A 29-year-old male who travelled to France and Netherlands


– A 55-year-old Mae who travelled to France


– The provincial landing page for coronavirus information: https://westerncape.gov.za/coronavirus

– Public Hotline: 0800 029 999

– WHO contact page: https://www.who.int/

Also read: Covid-19 positive patient urges citizens to be responsible

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