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'Number of true cases of COVID-19 could be higher, lockdown can curtail spread'

In a desperate attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), South Africans will for the first time go into a forced lockdown imposed by the government.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday announced that from Thursday at midnight - for 21 days - South Africans will be confined mostly in their homes with very limited movement.

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The number of people infected with the coronavirus has risen sharply to 402 confirmed cases.

Bongani Bingwa speaks to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) centre head professor Nelesh Govender to give more insight on the confirmed cases.

Those numbers focus on laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19, that number represents a minimum estimate of disease in the country. We are not picking up all cases, the number of true cases is probably much larger and the president's intervention is an important one to curtail the spread of the virus.

Professor Nelesh Govender, Centre head - NICD

He says if a person gets tested for COVID-19, the results can take up to 72 hours to return.

South Africa is moving towards a space where more local transmissions are recorded, therefore these measures by the president are welcomed, he adds.

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

Listen below to the full conversation:


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