The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa has climbed to over 900 as of Thursday, March 26 2020.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the increase while presenting a summary of the African Union and G20 teleconferences.
Dr Zweli Mkhize confirmed the numbers, stating that the official toll now sits at 927.
— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) March 26, 2020
This comes just one day after 709 confirmed cases were announced, meaning the number of infections has increased by over 218 in less than 24 hours.
Following discussions with religious leaders, President Ramaphosa called on citizens to observe two minutes of prayer, reflection or silent meditation on March 26, 2020 between 6pm and 6:30pm.
“These are challenging times. We are traversing a path we have never travelled before. There are many amongst us who are fearful, uncertain and vulnerable. I call on our people to offer a prayer and a thought for the protection and healing of our land and its people from this disease.
“Over the past two weeks, South Africans from all walks of life have demonstrated their resilience by complying with the restrictions that have been placed on their lives. Because we are in a state of national lockdown, our prayers must be offered from our hearts and in our homes,” President Ramaphosa said.