The number of Coronavirus cases in South Africa has jumped to 240. According to reports reaching iHarare, the country has recorded 38 new cases in the last 24 hours. Fortunately, no fatalities have been recorded as yet.
The new development comes after Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize revealed grim expectations for the country, predicting that over half of the country’s population could be hit by the deadly coronavirus which was renamed COVID-19 by the World Health Organisation.
The country’s first coronavirus case was reported on the 5th of March, 2020, and since then the number of Covid-19 cases has increased at an alarming pace. Most of those who have tested positive had travelled to countries struck by the virus. The first person to test positive of the virus had travelled to Italy-which is one of the countries hard-hit by the virus.
On Sunday South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa declared the coronavirus a national disaster in an attempt to minimise the outbreak of the deadly virus which was renamed to COVID-19 by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This was after an emergency cabinet meeting. Among the measures implemented, government-imposed a travel ban on countries worst affected by the virus and also on public gatherings of more than 100 people.
We have decided to take urgent and drastic measures to manage the disease, protect the people of our country and to reduce the impact of the virus on our society and on our economy
There can be no half measures,’ President Ramaphosa said in a televised address to the nation.