The number of Coronavirus cases in South Africa has increased to 13 as 6 new cases of the deadly disease have been confirmed by the South African government.

The new Coronavirus cases were confirmed by the country’s Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize in an announcement made on Wednesday morning.

It was learnt that the confirmed cases reportedly reside in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. All of the patients had recently traveled to Europe.

Mkhize revealed that the confirmed cases include a 33-year-old woman who traveled to Italy and returned on 1 March, a couple; 34-year-old male and 33-year-old female who traveled to Germany and returned to South Africa on 9 March, a 57-year-old man who traveled to Austria and Italy and returned to South Africa on 9 March, a 40-year-old male who traveled to Portugal and returned on 7 March, and a 36-year-old man who traveled to multiple countries, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Turkey before returning to South Africa on 9 March.

The statement added;

“All the patients have now been advised. Those who are symptomatic have started receiving treatment. Some of these patients are already in hospital while some, specifically those who are asymptomatic, are in self-quarantine. Contact tracing has also started for all these cases.”

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