March 25, 2020 / 6:30 AM / 9 days ago

South Africa's coronavirus cases rise to 709 - health minister

Shoppers queue to stock up on groceries at a Makro Store at Strubens Valley, ahead of a nationwide lockdown for 21 to try to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Johannesburg, South Africa, March 24, 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s number of coronavirus cases has risen to 709, from 554 on Tuesday, health minister Zweli Mkhize said on Wednesday.

“We are now at 709 cases,” he said, speaking on local news channel SABC.

Reporting by Emma Rumney; Editing by Kim Coghill

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