The number of people with Covid-19 in South Africa has risen to 116 from 85, the government said on Wednesday.

“We wish to inform all South Africans that as of this morning … South Africa now has 116 confirmed cases of Covid-19,” a statement posted via the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) Twitter account said.

“This means that there has been an increase of 31 new cases from yesterday’s announcement.”

South Africa – Cape Town -18 March 2020 – Everybody that goes into Food Lovers Market gets disinfected. The employees at Food Lovers Market help to stop the spread of the corona-virus. Photographer: Lalinka Mahote/African News Agency (ANA)

South Africans have been urged to continue practicing good hygiene to prevent a larger spread of Covid-19.