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11 Jul 2020 | 07:36 PM UTC

South Africa: Over 250,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported as of July 11 /update 20

South Africa News Alert

Authorities report over 250,000 COVID-19 cases confirmed as of July 11; further spread of the virus expected in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/11/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/25/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Johannesburg). COUNTRY/REGION South Africa

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Event

On Saturday, July 11, South African health authorities reported an updated total of 250,667 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country, with 3860 associated deaths. Additionally, on July 9, health authorities reported the highest daily number of new COVID-19 cases since the disease was first confirmed in the country in March, at 13,674 in the preceding 24 hours. Gauteng remains the most affected province in the country.

Hotels and guest houses have been permitted to reopen, however, are subject to government regulations, while social distancing restrictions remain in place for different provinces throughout the country, based on the number of COVID-19 cases in the area.

Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia. 

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the general risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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