Faizel Patel - 25/03/2020
As South Africa prepares to go into a nationwide lockdown, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the country now more than 900 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Health Minster Dr Zweli Mkhize confirmed a short while later that the exact number of infections in the country had risen to 927.
This is an increase of more than 218 cases from Wednesday’s announcement of 709.
Gauteng has the most infections with 409 cases, followed by the Western Cape with 229, KwaZulu-Natal 134, Free State 49, North West 5, Mpumalanga 9, Limpopo 6, Eastern Cape 5, Northern Cape 2 and unallocated 79.
Ramaphosa was addressing media at the G20 summit on Thursday after meeting with world leaders on trying to find ways to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
"We now have more than 900 people that are infected as the minister told me and we fear that it might rise even further than that."
South Africa will at midnight on Thursday go into a 21-day lockdown announced by President Ramaphosa on Monday to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
Ramaphosa says world leaders agreed that that no country can tackle this Coronavirus pandemic alone.