Third person in South Africa tests positive for coronavirus, bringing total cases in Africa to 44 in 9 countries Updated for 2021


Updated: March 2, 2021

Three people have now tested positive for coronavirus in South Africa, the government announced on Sunday, bringing the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in nine African countries to 44.

The South African minister of health, Dr. Zweli Mkhize, said in a statement that the third person to test positive for coronavirus was the wife of the man who first tested positive there few days ago.

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South Africa had on Saturday confirmed a 39-year-old woman who had traveled to Italy in a group of 10 people had tested positive for coronavirus.

She was the second person in South Africa to test positive for the virus after a 38-year-old man who traveled to Italy with his her, his wife and seven other persons, tested positive for the virus.

The minister of health said the wife of that man has now also tested positive and all other people who made the trip to Italy with them were also being tested, except one person who did not return to South Africa.

The second person to test positive for coronavirus in South Africa, is a woman, originally from the inland province of Gauteng, had come into direct contact with the first case from Kwa Zulu-Natal when they traveled back from Italy in a group of 9 on March 1.

The government said of the 10 persons who traveled to Italy, 9 returned to South Africa while one did not.

Contact tracing and tests were underway.

In Africa, there are now a total of 44 people who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

In Algeria, there were 17 cases of coronavirus infection, 16 of them in the same family. Egypt has reported 15 cases. There were also four people infected in Senegal, three in South Africa and two in Morocco, as well as one each in NigeriaTunisiaCameroon, and Togo, according to virus tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins.

17 Algeria2 Morocco1 Togo
15 Egypt3 South Africa1 Nigeria
4 Senegal1 Cameroon1 Tunisia

A Nigerian had also tested positive for coronavirus in the United States, Washington D.C. Mayor, Muriel Bowser announced at a news conference on Saturday night.


Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on


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