20 March 2020


Today, the total number of cases testing positive for COVID-19 in South Africa is 202.
This is an additional 52 cases from yesterday’s announcement:


GAUTENG – 33
· A 33-year-old male who travelled to the United Kingdom and France
· A 32-year-old female with pending travel history
· A 56-year-old male who travelled to Switzerland
· A 56-year-old female who travelled to Switzerland
· A 34-year-old female who travelled to the United Kingdom and Austria
· A 34-year-old male who travelled to Austria
· A 27-year-old male with pending travel history
· A 22-year-old female who travelled to the United Kingdom
· A 31-year-old male with pending travel history
· A 52-year-old female who travelled to the United Kingdom
• A 54-year-old male who travelled to London

• A 53-year-old male who travelled to Austria and Switzerland
· A 32-year-old female with pending travel history
· A 33-yar-old male with pending travel history
· A 52-year-old male with pending travel history
· A 20-year-old male with pending travel history
· A 37-year-old male with pending travel history
· A 47-year-old female with pending travel history
· A 23-year-old male with no international travel history
· A 32-year-old male with pending travel history
· A 21-year-old male with pending travel history
· A 34-year-old female with pending travel history
· A 40-year-old female with pending travel history
· A 41-year-old male with pending travel history
· A 2-year-old male with pending travel history
· A 39-year-old male with pending travel history
· A 58-year-old male with pending travel history
· A 56-year-old male who travelled to the United States of America
· A 28-year-old male with pending travel history
· A 67-year-old male who travel to the United Kingdom
· An 11-year-old male who travelled to Spain
· A 30-year-old male who travelled to the United States of America
· A 53-year-old male who travelled to the United Kingdom

FREE STATE- 7
· A 38-year-old male who travelled to France
· A 54-year-old male with pending travel history
· A 55-year-old male who travelled to France
· A 52-year-old male who travelled to Israel
· A 68-year-old male who travelled to Israel
· A 74-year-old male with pending travel history
· A 32-year-old male with pending travel history


WESTERN CAPE – 11
· A 31-year-old female who travelled to the United Kingdom
· A 34-year-old who travelled to the Netherlands
· A 26-year-old who travelled to who travelled to the Netherlands
· A 29-year-old with pending travel history
· A 69-year-old male who travelled to Switzerland and Dubai
· A 58-year-old who travelled to the United Kingdom, Austria and Tanzania
· A 23-year-old male who travelled to the United Kingdom and Germany
· A 43-year-old female who travelled to Canada and Austria
· A 60-year-old male who travelled to Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Austria
· A 62-year-old who travelled to the United Kingdom, Austria and Switzerland
· A 63-year-old male who travelled to the United Kingdom and Italy


KWAZULU NATAL – 1
· A 29-year-old female with pending travel history

INFORMATION FOR NOTING
Going forward the results will be released in a form of an excel spreadsheet, reflecting all confirmed cases, the latest numbers per province, the gender, age group and the plot epicurve.
The rate of spread of the infection is increasing, however this should not prompt a panic response. We must inform the public that it is projected that the virus could affect 60% of citizens in the future. It must be emphasised that most South Africans will only experience mild symptoms and humans are capable of developing immunity to the virus. What is of paramount importance is strive to flatten the curve, by slowing down the rate of spread.

FREE STATE:
BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE FREE STATE CASES:
In the Free State, certain dynamics have prompted a specialized response to the outbreak in this province
Five travellers- two from Texas, two from Israel and one from France, entered the country between 9 and 11 March to participate in a church gathering. They subsequently developed symptoms and were thereafter quarantined in their rooms at the Bed and Breakfast they were residing in. Since then they have remained quarantined in that B&B and the staff that come into contact with the patients have also been quarantined within the B&B.


Having learnt from the outbreak of Daegu and the situation of the Princess Diamond ship, it is necessary to treat the entire congregation of this particular church gathering as a high risk situation. As such, a call has been made for all members of this congregation who were present at the church conference to co-operate and collaborate in a process that will ensure that up to 600 tests can be done for all individuals who came into contact with these patients.


To aid the demands of this exercise, the Red Cross has stepped in by offering 282 volunteers who will assist with tracing the contacts. The National Institute of Communicable Diseases will deploy a mobile testing unit with all necessary devices needed to conduct the test. This crucial intervention is acknowledged.

BRANDWAG PRIMARY SCHOOL:
There are two cases relating to this school:
One is a case of a parent who visited Italy and subsequently tested positive- this patient is under self-quarantine.
The second parent is a Health Care Worker who works in various private institutions. She has two children attending the school who have developed symptoms. The children have been tested.

Results are still pending. The mother and children are under self quarantine.

The Minister of Health met with the Brandwag school community to give assurance that the government will take all the necessary steps to ensure the safety of the learners and teachers. At present all children have been educated on the signs, symptoms and health preventative measures. Should the aforementioned children of the COVID-19 positive patients test positive, all the necessary contact tracing and testing will be done for affected learners, teachers and community members.


We call on all parents and caregivers to invest in the education of their children on COVID-19 with accurate information and teaching of good healthy lifestyles and hygienic practice.


Dr Zwelini Mkhize
Minister of Health

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