South Africa records over 500 cases of COVID-19. PHOTO: Contributed

South Africa recorded 133 new cases of the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Tuesday, bringing the total to 535 cases.

The country recoded one full recovery which was confirmed negative and cleared for returning home as well as no deaths. 

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday announced a three-week total shutdown, beginning midnight on Thursday, to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The breakdown per province of total infections is as follows:

  • 302 Gauteng 
  • 113  Western Cape
  • 80 KwaZulu Natal 
  • 18 Free State  
  • 5 North West
  • 9 Mpumalnaga
  • 4 Limpopo
  • 2 Northern Cape 
  • 2 Eastern Cape 

“Current projections estimate that the virus could effect 60 percent of South Africa’s citizens at some point, but not at the same time,” the country’s Health Department said. 

“Most South Africans will only experience mild symptoms and humans are capable of developing immunity to the virus.”

The department will now be releasing results as they are submitted by both private and public laboratories. 

“In instances where the department confirmatory tests yield different results, the public will be duly informed.

Test results of citizens repatriated from Wuhan:

“All the citizens from Wuhan were tested and their results came back negative for COVID-19.

“They will continue to be kept in quarantine for the prescribed period and will thereafter be reunified with the community.”

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