By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

On Sunday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster. He says it’s a measure proportionate to the severity of the threat to our people, society and economy. This will enable us to have an integrated & coordinated disaster management mechanism and set up response systems.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

“This virus will be extremely disruptive, and our priority is to safeguard the health and well-being of all South Africans.

“We also have to address the inevitable economic fallout. We must expect a decline in exports, a drop in tourist arrivals and a severe impact on production, business viability and job creation and retention.”

Today, the South Africa National Institute for Communicable (NICD) confirmed an additional 11 new COVID-19 cases that have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the causative pathogen for COVID-19. This brings the country to a total of 62 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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The 11 new cases are distributed in the Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Western Cape provinces and all were linked to international travel.

The 11 patients have since been isolated and are receiving care.