South Africa’s COVID-19 cases rise to 3,300

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A press conference on COVID-19 is held in Proteria, South Africa, March 9, 2020. South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Monday announced that four more South Africans have been tested positive for the COVID-19. (Xinhua)
A press conference on COVID-19 is held in Proteria, South Africa, March 9, 2020. South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Monday announced that four more South Africans have been tested positive for the COVID-19. (Xinhua)

South Africa’s COVID-19 cases have surged to 3,300, up by 142 from the previous count, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said Monday.

Four more patients have died of the virus, bringing the death toll to 58, said the minister, adding the total number of recoveries stood at 1,055.

There has been a significant increase in mass community screening and testing across provinces, according to Mkhize, adding tests have been conducted on 121,510 patients in both public and private sectors.

Gauteng Province remains the epicenter with 1,170 cases, followed by Western Cape with 940 and KwaZulu-Natal with 639.

The pandemic also hit several prisons across the country. In Western Cape, 111 cases have been reported in prisons as of Monday. In Eastern Cape, 56 inmates and 31 officials tested positive, while two officials tested positive in Limpopo. Enditem

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