Health minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 has increased to 709 cases over night.

Covid-19 cases jump to 709 in SA

There was an increase of 155 cases in a day up from 554 from Tuesday.Overnight Covid-19 cases jump to 709 in SA

Speaking to the SABC on Wednesday morning, Mkhize said the most increases were in Gauteng where there are 64 new cases.

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The Western Cape recorded 61 confirmed cases while KZN had 11 new cases.

“We are expecting quite an increase. We are still in very early days,” Mkhize said.

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He said the 15 new cases in the Free State was concerning for him because it was all linked to a church in Mangaung.

People across South Africa are bracing for a 21-day lockdown after the government announced sweeping new measures to tackle the spread of the new coronavirus.

“From midnight on Thursday, March 26 until midnight on Thursday, April 16, all South Africans will have to stay at home,” President Cyril Ramaphosa said late on Monday in a televised address to the nation.