Update: Government has now stated that the Free State local transmission case actually tested negative for COVID-19. It has therefore revised the total number of cases to 16. At the time of writing, there is no known local tranmission cases of COVID-19 in South Africa.
Original article: Four new cases of COVID-19 coronavirus has been identified in South Africa on Thursday, bringing the total number to 17. More importantly, the country has now also identified its first local transmission of the virus.
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Previously, all cases have travelled into South Africa from abroad. A new case in Free State though has been infected within the country.
“A 32-year-old male came into contact with a Chinese businessman, making it the first case of local transmission, as all other cases have been by patients who had travelled abroad,” said an SA Gov News release.
— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) March 12, 2020
The other three cases — in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and Mpumalanga — continue the latter trend.
The news comes just hours after the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.
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