South Africa reported more than 150 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, taking the new tally to 554, the highest in Africa, a day after it ordered a three-week lockdown.
AFP reports that South Africa’s Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, disclosed that current figures during a news conference on Wednesday.
He said: “As of today, there are 554 cases of coronavirus in South Africa. For the next week or two, we still expect the numbers to go up. This is a disease pattern we cannot predict.”
In a bid to stem the spread of the deadly virus, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a 21-day military-patrolled lockdown would be enforced from Thursday.
Also, South African police have charged two men with attempted murder for allegedly continuing to go out after they tested positive for the coronavirus, exposing others to the infection.
Police minister Bheki Cele announced the charges on Wednesday during a press conference detailing the enforcement of the incoming lockdown meant to curb the spread of coronavirus.
“If you break these laws of regulations you are six months in, or fined, or both. Two people have been charged already… who deliberately moved around after they were told” not to, he warned.’’
South Africa has recorded the highest number of coronavirus infections on the continent, with over 500 cases confirmed so far.