WATCH | Explained: How the coronavirus is transmitted - and how to keep yourself safe

accreditation

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa has increased to seven, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed on Monday 9.

All of the people were part of the group of 10 who went on a ski trip to Italy. Six of the cases are in KwaZulu-Natal, and one in Gauteng.  

The news has raised concern among South Africans who fear they too may fall victim to the deadly virus.

News24 sat down with Dr Kerrigan McCarthy, specialist pathologist at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), to discuss how the virus is transmitted and what measures people can take to keep themselves safe.

ALSO READ:

Coronavirus in SA: HIV and TB sufferers not on treatment at high risk

WATCH | Coronavirus: Panic buying sets in after SA confirms 7 cases

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
The 2021 Matric exams have been brought forward to avoid clashing with elections. This is:
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
A disaster - kids are stressed enough
45% - 395 votes
Not the best idea, but necessary
15% - 127 votes
No big deal, it's just a few days
40% - 353 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
14.66
-0.4%
Rand - Pound
20.17
-0.1%
Rand - Euro
17.24
-0.3%
Rand - Aus dollar
10.68
-0.3%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-0.2%
Gold
1,750.56
-0.2%
Silver
22.47
-1.9%
Palladium
2,008.76
-1.2%
Platinum
952.67
+1.8%
Brent Crude
75.67
+0.3%
Top 40
56,779
-0.6%
All Share
63,054
-0.4%
Resource 10
57,034
-3.0%
Industrial 25
81,111
+0.9%
Financial 15
14,026
+0.6%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE