South Africa’s tally of positive coronavirus cases has jumped to 24, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed on Friday.
Speaking to the media outside the Limpopo resort where repatriates will be housed for at least the next two weeks, Mkhize said the government could confirm 8 new positive cases of the coronavirus. All of the 8 positive cases on Friday were from European countries, including Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Greece.
The 8 new cases are spread in three provinces, Gauteng with the most at 4, and the KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape provinces with 2 each.
On Thursday, the department confirmed the tally had risen to 16 positive cases.
Mkhize said more than 800 tests had been done so far.
He pleaded for the coronavirus patients to be afforded their privacy, pleading with the media not to approach schools and spouses.
“You end up treating them as if they are criminals,” he scolded.
Gauteng – 4 new infections
– A 39-year-old woman who had travelled to Switzerland and Austria.
– A 50-year-old man who had travelled to Austria.
– A 21-year-old woman who had travelled to Italy.
– A 57-year-old man who had travelled to Switzerland
KwaZulu-Natal – 2 new infections
Western Cape – 2 new infections– A 50-year-old man who had travelled to Switzerland and Austria.
– A 46-year-old man who had travelled to Italy
TOTAL INFECTIONS BY PROVINCE
KZN – 10Gauteng – 10
Western Cape – 3
Mpumalanga – 1