There are now 150 confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases in South Africa

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The first confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus case in South Africa was identified on 5 March. Just over a week later, more than 20 people since have tested positive.

The frequency of announcements can be dizzying. And while the Government is doing an excellent job releasing info to the public, that info can be difficult to find on its website.

To this end, we’ve compiled this piece, an article that lists the incoming confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa as they’re announced by government.

Below you’ll find each currently known case arranged in reverse chronological order categorised by province. Included is the date of the confirmation, a link to the government announcement, as well as other specific data given by the Department of Health.

Keep this article bookmarked, and expect frequent changes and updates as new information is released.

  • Article last updated: 10am, Friday 20 March.
  • Total coronavirus cases in South Africa: 150

The confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases in South Africa

Confirmed cases on Thurs 5 March: 1

  • KZN: 38-year-old male, travelled from Italy. Returned to SA on 1 March.

Confirmed cases on Sat 7 March: 1

  • Gauteng: 39-year-old female, travelled from Italy. Returned to SA on 1 March.

Confirmed cases on Sun 8 March: 1

  • KZN: Wife of first case, travelled from Italy. Returned to SA on 1 March.

Confirmed cases on Monday 9 March: 1

  • KZN: Four patients confirmed, travelled from Italy. Returned to SA on 1 March.

Confirmed cases on Wed 11 March: 6

  • Gauteng
    • 33-year-old female, travelled from Italy. Returned to SA on 1 March.
    • 34-year-old male, travelled from Germany. Returned to South Africa on 9 March.
    • 33-year-old female, travelled from Germany. Returned to South Africa on 9 March.
    • 57-year-old male, travelled from Austria and Italy. Returned to SA on 9 March.
  • Western Cape
    • 36-year-old male, travelled from multiple countries including Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Turkey. Returned to SA on 9 March.
  • KZN
    • 40-year-old male, travelled to Portugal. Returned on 7 March.

Confirmed cases on Thurs 12 March: 3

  • KZN: 38-year-old male, lives in Turkey but visited family in SA. Travelled from the UK. Returned on 7 March.
  • Mpumalanga: 27-year-old female, travelled from the US. Returned to SA on 7 March.
  • Gauteng: 43-year-old male, travelled from New York via Dubai. Returned to SA on 8 March.
  • (*) See note about the Free State case in the Additional Info section below.

Confirmed cases on Fri 13 March: 8

  • Gauteng
    • 39-year-old female, travelled from Swizerland and Austria.
    • 50-year-old male, travelled from Austria.
    • 21-year-old female, travelled from Italy.
    • 51-year-old male, travelled from Switzerland.
  • KZN
    • 79-year-old male, travelled from Greece and Italy.
    • 52-year-old male, travelled from Switzerland.
  • Western Cape
    • 50-year-old male, travelled from Switzerland and Austria.
    • 46-year-old male, travelled to Italy.

Confirmed cases on Sat 14 March: 14

  • Gauteng
    • 76-year-old male, travelled from the UK and US.
    • 72-year-old female, travelled from the UK and US.
    • 47-year-old male, travelled from the UK and US.
    • 52-year-old male, travelled from Germany.
    • 38-year-old male, travelled from the Netherlands and Germany.
    • 62-year-old male, travelled from the Netherlands.
    • 19-year-old female, travelled from France and Italy.
  • Western Cape
    • 27-year-old male, travelled from Brazil.
    • 33-year-old female, travelled from France.
    • 49-year-old male, travelled from France and Italy.
    • 14-year-old female, travelled from the US and UAE.
    • 73-year-old male, travelled from the UK.
    • 32-year-old male, travelled from the UK.
  • KZN
    • 47-year-old male, travelled from Switzerland.

Confirmed on Sun 15 March: 13

  • Gauteng
    • 60-year-old male, travelled from Iran.
    • 36-year-old male, travelled from the UK.
    • 54-year-old male, travelled from Switzerland.
    • 27-year-old male, travelled from the UK.
    • 21-year-old female, travelled from Germany.
    • 53-year-old female, travelled from Germany.
    • 29-year-old male, travelled from Switzerland.
  • Western Cape
    • 35-year-old female, travelled from Germany and Austria.
    • 42-year-old female, travelled from Spain, Switzerland and the UK.
    • 50-year-old male, travelled from the Netherlands.
    • 33-year-old male, travelled from Switzerland.
    • 35-year-old male, travelled from Austria.
  • KZN
    • 34-year-old male, travelled from UK.

Confirmed on Mon 16 March (at a press conference by Mkhize): 11

  • Gauteng
    • 33-year-old, travelled from Spain.
    • 60-year-old female, travelled from Austria.
    • 30-year-old male, travelled from India.
    • 39-year-old, travelled from the US.
    • 43-year-old female, travelled from the US.
    • 50-year-old male, travelled from France and the UK.
    • 37-year-old male, travelled from the US, UAE and Mexico.
  • Western Cape
    • 39-year-old male, travelled from Canada.
    • 15-year-old male, travelled from France.
  • Limpopo
    • 29-year-old male, travelled from France and Netherlands.
  • Mpumalanga
    • 55-year-old male, travelled from France.

Confirmed on Tue 17 March: 23

  • Cases from international travel: 15
  • Cases from internal transmission: 8
  • Gauteng
    • 45-year-old male who had travelled to Belgium, UK, France and the US.
    • 37-year-old male, travelled from the UK.
    • 54-year-old female, travelled from the USA.
    • 52-year-old male, travelled from the UK.
    • 25-year-old male, travelled from the UK.
    • 52-year-old female, travelled from Italy.
    • 59-year-old male, travelled from the UK and the UAE.
    • 57-year-old male, travelled from the USA.
    • 60-year-old male, travelled from the USA.
    • 37-year-old female, travelled from Italy and the UAE.
    • 21-year-old female — no travel history.
    • 34-year-old male — no international travel history.
    • 26-year-old female — no international travel history.
    • 32-year-old female — no international travel history.
  • KZN
    • 48-year-old male, travelled from the UAE.
    • 59-year-old female — no international travel history.
    • 5-year-old male — no international travel history.
    • 3-year-old male — no international travel history.
  • Western Cape
    • 3-year-old male, travelled from the UK.
    • 58-year-old male, travelled from the UK and Austria.
    • 2-year-old male — no international travel history.
    • 62-year-old female, travelled from the UK and Ethiopia.
    • 71-year-old female, travelled from the UK.

Confirmed on Wed 18 March: 31

  • Cases from international travel: 25
  • Cases from internal transmission: 6
  • Gauteng
    • 25-year-old male, travelled from the UK
    • 45-year-old male, travelled from Austria.
    • 52-year-old male, travelled from Austria and Italy.
    • 49-year-old female, travelled from Austria and Italy.
    • 35-year-old male, travelled from the UK and the Netherlands.
    • 34-year-old female, travelled from the UK.
    • 30-year-old female, travelled from Switzerland and Austria.
    • 36-year-old female, travelled from Switzerland and Austria
    • 30 year-old female, travelled from Italy
    • 35-year-old male, travelled from Italy.
    • 34-year-old travelled from Italy
    • 337-year-old male, travelled from Finland and France.
    • 20-yaer-old male — no international travel history.
    • 3-year-old male — no international travel history.
    • 21-year-old female — no international travel history.
    • 71 year old female — no international travel history.
  • KZN
    • 59-year-old male, travelled from Austria and Italy.
    • 54-year-old male, travelled from Italy.
    • 55-year-old male, travelled from Italy.
  • Mpumalanga
    • 54-year-old male, travelled from Italy.
    • 56-year-old female — no international travel history.
  • Western Cape
    • 2-year-old male, travelled from New Zealand.
    • 51-year-old male, travelled from Egypt and the UAE.
    • 35-year-old male, travelled from Switzerland and the UAE.
    • 27-year-old female, travelled from Switzerland and the UAE.
    • 50-year-old male, travelled from Portugal and the UK.
    • 51-year-old male, travelled from the UK
    • 54-year-old female, travelled to Portugal and the UK.
    • 51-year-old male, travelled from the UK.
    • 26-year-old female, travelled from the UK.
    • 68-year-old male — no international travel history.

Confirmed on Thu 19 March: 34

  • Gauteng

    • 41-year-old female, travelled from to DRC.
    • 43-year-old female, travelled from the UK.
    • 54-year-old female, travelled from the UK.
    • 58-year-old male, travelled from the UK.
    • 38-year-old male, travelled from France.
    • 70-year-old female, travelled from the USA.
    •  30-year-old male, travelled from Spain.
    • 45-year-old male, travelled from DRC.
    • 85-year-old male, travelled from Switzerland.
    • 64-year-old male, travelled from Vietnam and Thailand.
    • 41-year-old male, travelled from the Netherlands.
    • 37-year-old female — no international travel history.
    • 23-year-old male — no further details.
    • 5-year-old female — no further details.
    • 44-year-old male — no further details.
  • KZN
    • 71-year-old female, travelled from the UK.
    • 26-year-old male, travelled from Mexico and the USA.
    • 29-year-old female — no further details.
  • Mpumalanga
    • 56-year-old female, travelled from France.
  • Western Cape
    • 53-year-old female, travelled from the UK.
    • 30-year-old male, travelled from the  Netherlands and Qatar.
    • 45-year-old male, travelled from Mexico.
    • 70-year-old female, travelled from the USA.
    • 25-year-old female, travelled from the UK.
    • 37-year-old female, travelled from the UK.
    • 43-year-old female, travelled from the  USA.
    • 31-year-old male, travelled from Spain and Netherlands.
    • 53-year-old female, travelled from Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic and Germany.
    • 22-year-old female, travelled from the UK.
    • 63-year-old male, travelled from Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic and Germany.
    • 22-year-old female, travelled from Spain and Netherlands.
    • 32-year-old male, travelled from the USA.
    • 37-year-old male — no further details.
    • 53-year-old male — no international travel history.

Additional info:

  • (*) The case that was identified on 12 March in the Free State has actually tested negative for COVID-19. It was previously mentioned by Government as the first locally-transmitted case.

Provincial breakdown:

  • KZN: 22
  • Gauteng: 76
  • Western Cape: 46
  • Mpumalanga: 5
  • Limpopo: 1

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