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South Africa Coronavirus cases jump to 150

South Africa Coronavirus cases jump to 150. This comes barely a day after it was officially reported that there were 116 coronavirus cases. Fortunately, no fatalities have been recorded as yet.

In another bout of bad news for fear-struck South Africans, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country has jumped to 150. President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed the recent development on Thursday, iHarare can confirm from online publication, ENCA.

On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a state of national disaster and announced a series of drastic measures to suppress the outbreak of the novel coronavirus which has now been renamed COVID-19. This was after an emergency cabinet meeting. Among the measures implemented, government-imposed a travel ban on countries worst affected by the virus and also on public gatherings of more than 100 people.

‘We have decided to take urgent and drastic measures to manage the disease, protect the people of our country and to reduce the impact of the virus on our society and on our economy. There can be no half measures,’ President Ramaphosa said in a televised address to the nation.

Nationals from the U.S., U.K., China, Italy, Germany, South Korea, Iran and Spain will be denied visas, while any foreigners who’ve visited a high-risk country in the past 20 days will also be refused entry, Ramaphosa said. Travellers from medium-risk countries will be required to undergo high-intensity screening.

South Africa, reported its first confirmed Covid-19 infection on March 5. The first person in the country to test positive of the virus is suspected to have picked it up a visit to Italy-which is under siege from the virus. The patient has since recovered and is awaiting to be discharged after medical clearance.

Source – iHarare

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