LATEST CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19


We wish to inform all South Africans that as of this morning, 18 March 2020, South Africa now has 116 confirmed cases of COVID-19. This means that there has been an increase of 31 new cases from yesterday’s announcement.

The details of the cases are as follows:

GAUTENG: 16
-A 25 year old male who travelled to the UK
-A 45 year old male who travelled to Austria
-A 52 year old male who travelled to Austria and Italy
-A 49 year old female who travelled to Austria and Italy
-A 35 year old male who travelled to the UK and Netherlands
-A 34 year old female who travelled to the UK
-A 30 year old female who travelled to Switzerland and Austria
– A 36 year old female who travelled to Switzerland and Austria
-A 30 year old female who travelled to Italy
-A 35 year old male who travelled to Italy
-A 34 year old male who travelled to Italy
-A 37 year old male who travelled to Finland and France
-A 20 year old male with no international travel history
-A 3 year old male with no international travel history
-A 21 year old female with no international travel history
-A 71 year old female with no international travel history

KWAZULU-NATAL:3
-A 59 year old male who travelled to Austria and Italy
-A 54 year old male who travelled to Italy
-A 55 year old male who travelled to Italy

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SA COVID-19 cases rises


Health Media Release
Fellow South Africans, as at today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 1187.We must outrightly state that these numbers do not indicate a reduction in the number of infections. It is merely a reflection of positive results that were received, verified and ready for today’s reporting.

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Rationale for everyone to wear a face-mask to reduce Coronavirus transmission


Face-masks are routinely used by healthcare workers to prevent the nosocomial spread of infections in hospitals. There has been considerable debate about the utility of widespread use of face-masks in the general public to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

1.There is good evidence to show that face-masks significantly reduce the spread of infectious droplets. A recent study involving 246 patients demonstrated that face-masks significantly reduced the detection of Ccoronavirus in the exhaled breath of Covid-19 patients. While 30% to 40% of 10 patients without masks had Coronavirus in their exhaled breath, none of the 11 Covid19 patients with masks had Coronavirus in their exhaled breath (refer to Table 1b below).

2.Through lowered amounts of exhaled Coronavirus, wearing a mask should reduce the spread of virus from individuals with the virus. The masks also reduced exhaled Influenza virus, though to a lesser extent.

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