South Africa’s Health Ministry on Friday announced the total number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the country has climbed to 24.

In a statement, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said eight new cases of the virus, officially known as COVID-19, had been recorded on Friday.

The new cases included a 21-year-old female, who returned from a trip to Italy, and a 57-year-old male, who had travelled to Switzerland.

Other patients had travelled from Austria and Greece among other countries hit by COVID-19.

South Africa has so far conducted nearly 900 tests, according to a statement by the government-run

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