#Coronavirus: 108 cases confirmed in Central SA

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Over 100 cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Central South Africa with only two deaths reported and at least nine recoveries.

OFM News reports that this as the Free State continues to see a rise in its Covid-19 cases which increased from 87 to 89.  Also contributing 8 confirmed cases, the largest province in the entire country, which is the Northern Cape, confirmed two of its cases trace back to the Bloemfontein church gathering.

To complete the number of 108, and also with one confirmed case which traces back to the said church gathering, the North West’s cases are steady at 11 after Matlosana in Klerskdorp recorded its first case. OFM News previously repeated that the Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, while in Bloemfontein, recently said he was informed that these three provinces are working together to contact-trace Covid-19 suspects.

The North West MEC for Health, Madoda Sambatha, previously announced that one of the 11 people who tested positive for the virus in his province can also be traced back to this church gathering in Bloemfontein.

OFM News reported that the first two confirmed cases in the Northern Cape came from Hartswater, where a couple tested positive after also attending a church gathering in Bloemfontein. Meanwhile, Mkhize, while addressing the nation recently on Covid-19 from Mangaung, described Bloemfontein, as well as Sandton in Gauteng, as potential epicentres of the virus in South Africa.

The Ekurhuleni executive mayor in Gauteng, Mzwandile Masina, also recently dropped another bombshell when he announced that a nurse who works in the Duduza Clinic, tested positive after attending this same church gathering. This led to the closure of the clinic in that area and two mobile clinics were deployed to the area to serve the community on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Mkhize said the spike of Covid-19 in the Free State was linked to the Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast held at the Divine Restoration Ministries in Bloemfontein earlier this month. So far, the province has recorded at least one death after the 86-year-old pastor, who also attended the church gathering, died from the virus in Bloemfontein. His 81-year-old wife is said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

OFM News/LUCKY NKUYANE