More than 500 South African are at risk of being infected with Covid-19 as 52 new cases were reported today, with the first death toll hitting 5.
South Africa’s Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Friday that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases had risen by 52 to 202 with the first five death cases recorded in the Gauteng province.
Also, there is a rise in cases in the Gauteng province, which comprises the cities of Johannesburg the economic hub and Pretoria the capital, the statement said.
The minister fears the death toll may increase in the coming days in South Africa due to the growing number of patients.
Most cases of the COVID-19 have been brought into the country by people returning from trips overseas, especially from Europe.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said over 100 South Africans recently repatriated from China’s Wuhan city and quarantined at a resort in the northern Limpopo province have all tested negative.
“We will continue to keep them in quarantine for the prescribed period and will thereafter initiate the process of reunifying them with the community,” Mkhize said.
The virus has multiplied in Africa more slowly than in Asia or Europe, but the number of cases has started to rise more rapidly in South Africa in recent days. Africa’s most industrialized economy has the most cases in sub-Saharan Africa.
The South African government has introduced several measures to curtail the spread — including closing schools, stopping travelers from badly affected countries from visiting South Africa and prohibiting gatherings of over 100 persons.