March 18, 2020 / 5:51 AM / 19 days ago

South Africa's confirmed cases of COVID-19 rises to 85

A boy in a school uniform, wearing a protective mask to protect against the coronavirus, walks past other boys playing at Alexandra township in South Africa, March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa has confirmed that the number of COVID-19 cases in the country has risen by 23 to 85, the health ministry said late on Tuesday night.

Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize said there have been eight cases of local transmission.

Reporting by Tanisha Heiberg; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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