The Department of Health announced on Sunday that there have been 197 confirmed cases of cholera in South Africa, along with 43 fatalities.
In a statement, the government claimed that 1,045 suspected cases of cholera had been reported nationwide across five provinces, of which 197 had received laboratory confirmation.
According to the department, the age group between 41 and 50 years old accounts for 23% of cholera cases, followed by those between 31 and 40 years old at 17% and those between 51 and 60 years old at 12%.
The department reported a decrease in cholera transmission and mortality rates in recent weeks following government intervention. It urged people to practice good personal hygiene, particularly when preparing food at social gatherings and funerals because the majority of positive cases and fatalities had causal links to attending funeral services.
Early in February, South Africa discovered its first two cholera cases, and late in February, it reported its first cholera death.