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Free State becomes the latest province to report coronavirus cases

The Free State recorded its first cases and the Health Department is planning to disclose the numbers on Friday.

The total number of cases in the country has increased to 150. Picture: 123rf.

JOHANNESBURG - Six provinces in South Africa now have confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases after the Free State recorded its first infections.

The total number of cases in the country has increased to 150.

Only three of South Africa's provinces namely the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and the North West have no confirmed cases of the coronavirus yet.

The Free State recorded its first cases and the Health Department is planning to disclose the numbers on Friday.

Pandemic glossary: Common COVID-19 terms

This graphic explains key terms being used during the COVID-19 outbreak.

During a meeting with religious leaders on Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed concern that COVID-19 infections could start rising in large numbers in the country.

“It’s concerning because it already tells us that it could start rising in greater numbers, which makes us reiterate social distancing.”

Meanwhile, on a more positive note, the Health Department said it was seeing more recoveries of previously reported coronavirus cases, adding most of the patients were doing well.

To track the latest developments around the coronavirus both in South Africa and abroad, click on this live status report from Strategix.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)