The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa have risen to 709, from the 544 announced on Tuesday, Heath minister Zweli Mhize has announced.
Health Minister @DrZweliMkhize is on SABC now talking #Covid19SA. He says government is expecting an increasing in numbers. There are now 709 cases in South Africa he announces.— Department of Health: COVID-19 (@COVID_19_ZA) March 25, 2020
The country has the highest number of confirmed cases in Africa.
A church is Free State province is becoming an epicentre of the Covid-19 cases, the country's health ministry noted:
There has been panic buying in the country as people stock up on food and other essentials ahead of a lockdown that begins on Thursday.