Coronavirus: SA's COVID-19 cases climb to 85

Coronavirus: SA's COVID-19 cases climb to 85

The number of people in South Africa, who've tested positive for the COVID-19 virus has climbed to 85. 

Health minister Zweli Mkhize giving latest covid19 update

Health officials say eight of these were local transmissions. 

The president this week declared a national state of disaster in response to the outbreak. 

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize says two boys - aged three and five - and a 59-year-old woman with no international travel history from KZN are among those diagnosed with COVID-19.

KZN Education confirmed this week that a Grade R pupil and the child's mother tested positive for the respiratory disease at a primary school in Richards Bay.

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Officials had placed the school on lockdown and began screening children and staff.

In Mkhize's statement last night, four local transmissions have been recorded in Gauteng.

They are a 34-year-old man and three women, aged 21, 26 and 32.

In the Western Cape, a two-year-old boy is now sick.

Others - who tested positive for the virus - travelled from France, the US, Ethiopia and Dubai amongst other countries. 

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