South Africa has 402 confirmed cases of COVID-19, a shocking increase of 128 from Sunday’s announcement.

On Monday (March 23), the Department of Health confirmed an increase of 128 cases.

Of the new positive COVID-19 cases, the Northern Cape has its first confirmed cases.

The announcement comes just hours ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on measures to be undertaken to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

“We will thereafter engage the public to give further details and explanations on the results including the significant rise, the ongoing testing processes, each province’s progress on contact tracing efforts,” said the department.

With the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) still collating and verifying information of patients, the Health Department said the graphs will be updated accordingly.

“Our priority is for provinces to be alerted of the new confirmed cases so that immediate contact can be made with these new patients and ensure that contact tracing starts,” said the department.

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