South Africa reports 155 new coronavirus cases

South Africa reports 155 new coronavirus cases

The number of confirmed cases in South Africa now stands at 709 - a significant jump from yesterday's 554.  

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The Health Minister revealed the startling statistic during an interview with the SABC on Wednesday morning. 

Zweli Mkhize says the largest number of scattered cases are in Johannesburg. 

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He says a church in the Free State that held an event lasting several days, is becoming the epicentre for cases in that province. 

A group of international guests, who attended the prayer breakfast, had tested positive for COVID-19. 

We are just 39 hours away from a national lockdown. 

From midnight tomorrow, every person - who isn't an essential service worker - must stay at home for 21 days.  

The Health Ministry had said earlier that the number of cases is likely to spike - as we're still in the early stages of the outbreak.

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