VAAL TRIANGLE - The number of people infected with the coronavirus in South Africa has increased to 116, showing an increase of 31 new cases since the previous announcement last night. During last night’s announcement, 23 new cases were confirmed. Of these new cases, 15 are in the Western Cape, 30 in Gauteng, seven in Kwazulu-Natal and two in Mpumalanga. Local transmissions of the virus have also increased by 12 cases. The Health Ministry has also confirmed that all those repatriated from Wuhan have tested negative. The government has encouraged citizens to continue practicing good hygiene to stop the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, the South African Social Security Agency will keep its many payout points open, but will, through increased precautions, ensure that recipients of grants and staff are protected against the coronavirus. Sassa spokesperson, Shivani Wahab, says the viral disease could further impoverish less affluent households. Wahab adds that Sassa is considering adjusting measures to comply with the state of disaster’s rules. The government has also put aside R 96 million to help families of coronavirus victims. Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu says her department decided on the fund because the spread of the disease will have a huge effect on poor households. She says the money will be used to deliver social and support services.
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has announced that all tertiary institutions will be closed indefinitely from today. Several universities closed their doors earlier because of the coronavirus. Nzimande says the reopening of institutions will depend on progress with efforts to minimize infections. Schools also close today until after the Easter Weekend.