“As of 16 March 2020, the NICD confirms an additional 11 new COVID-19 cases that have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the causative pathogen for COVID-19. This brings the country to a total of 62 confirmed COVID-19 cases,” the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said in a statement.
According to the NICD, the new cases are distributed in the Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Western Cape provinces and comprise of the following:
- A 33-year-old male who travelled to Spain
- A 68 year-old-female who travelled to Austria
- A 30-year-old male who travelled to India
- A 39-year-old male who travelled to the United States of America
- A 43-year-old female who travelled to the United States of America
- A 50-year-old male who travelled to France and the United Kingdom
- A 37-year-old who travelled to the United States of America, Dubai and Mexico
Western Cape Province
- A 39-year-old male who travelled to Canada
- A 15-year-old male who travelled to France
- A 29-year-old male who travelled to France and the Netherlands.
- A 55-year-old male who travelled to France
President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier announced a nationwide State of Disaster and a series of interventions to curb the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa, including closing schools, closing 35 ports of entry and imposing a travel ban on foreign nationals from countries hardest hit by the Coronavirus pandemic.
The measures were the outcome of an emergency Cabinet meeting held on Sunday in Tshwane on Sunday. Read more here
According to the NICD, the 11 patients have since been isolated and are currently receiving medical attention.