South Africa’s coronavirus cases have leapt again to 554By MOGOMOTSI MAGOME Associated PressMarch 24, 2020, 11:01 AM3 min readJOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s coronavirus cases leapt again to 554 on Tuesday, the most of any country in Africa, as its 57 million people rushed to prepare for an unprecedented lockdown that begins Thursday. Across Africa, 43 of its 54 countries now have cases, with the total at 1,788. Thirteen countries have reported 58 deaths. South Africa has not recorded one. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday night announced the 21-day lockdown. Rwanda and Tunisia earlier announced lockdowns. Determined shoppers made their last runs for supplies as authorities tried to reassure the public that food would not run out. Workers in South Africa will be required to stay home except for those in essential services including health care and security as well as the production and distribution of food, utilities and medical products. Individuals can leave home only under “strictly controlled circumstances” to access essential items. The country’s economic hub of Gauteng, which includes Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria, has South Africa’s highest number of infections with 302, followed by the Western Cape, which includes the city of Cape Town, with


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