President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed, on Thursday 26 March, that there are now more than 900 confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa.
Just 24 hours ago, on Wednesday 25 March, the number stood at 709.
The nation, in just a few hours, can expect a nationwide lockdown for a period of 21 days. All South Africans, except for essential services staff, are expected to remain indoors in their respective homes.
“We fear that it may rise much higher than this,” said Ramaphosa.
Coronavirus cases as of Thursday 26 March
There are now more than 900 confirmed cases of coronavirus in South Africa, climbing with 191 cases from Wednesday’s 709.
How we wish there were no more increases, but Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, in all fairness, did warn us. He said that the country should expect more confirmed cases and for the number to rise despite the nationwide lockdown.
Although the nation has been urged to practice social-distancing and self-isolation, some citizens are more preoccupied with stocking up their freezers. Many supermarkets have seen long queues outside their stores ahead of the lockdown.
This is a developing story.