South Africa now has the highest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in sub-Saharan Africa. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country has risen by 52 from 150 to 202. The virus has multiplied in Africa, more slowly than in Asia or Europe. However, the number of cases has started to rise more rapidly in South Africa in recent days.
Mkhize, who was addressing the media in Bloemfontein says Gauteng has the highest number of people who tested positive for COVID-19.
“We have now moved to 202 people who have tested positive. The new cases is 52 of them. In Gauteng there are 33. In the Western Cape there are 11. In KZN, there is one, and in the Free State there are seven.
Mkhize says five of the cases of the infections in the Free State are of people who came from overseas to attend a local church gathering.
“There are specific areas which we’ve had to take into account. In the case of Free State, of the first five people that were reported, two of them are people who came from Texas, USA another two came from Israel and one came from France and they came here around the 9th -11th of this month (March). They came to a church gathering.”
In the video below, Free States confirms its first cases of COVID-19 after seven people test positive: