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South Africans Brace themselves for National Lockdown as Numbers Rise

South Africa has seen yet another substantial increase in confirmed coronavirus cases in the country, with the total now at 927 – up from 709 cases reported on Wednesday. President Ramaphosa made the announcement in an evening address, hours before the country heads into lockdown for the next 21 days. Ramaphosa called for richer countries to help African nations deal with the economic fallout. The president underwent a test on Tuesday on the advice of doctors and received a negative result. There have been no reported deaths, however the numbers are up 31% from last reporting – and addition of around 218 new infections. The sharp rise in confirmed cases this past week have coincided with a sharp rise in testing for the virus as well. As testing is expected to increase during the lockdown period, the number of confirmed cases is also anticipated to climb.