South Africa’s COVID-19 cases jump again above 700

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s COVID-19 cases jumped again to 709, the health minister said yesterday, as the country with the most cases in Africa prepared to go into lockdown first thing tomorrow. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on state television pointed out “intense local spread” in Free State province among attendees of a church gathering where five cases were reported. All five in people had recently travelled abroad. Now almost 30 cases have been recorded. Cases across Africa are now well above 2,400. With Libya announcing its first case, 44 of the continent’s 54 countries now have the virus. More details in Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin