The Gauteng government says it is concerned that the province has the highest number of coronavirus infections in the country.

South Africa has 240 infections, with Gauteng at 125 followed by the Western Cape at 74. The Gauteng government plans to distribute one-million bars of soap to residents of the province over the next week in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

On Saturday, Premier David Makhura distributed bars of soap to residents of Diepsloot. He says Gauteng residents are vulnerable because the province has the country’s largest population.

“Twenty-five percent of South Africa’s population is here. We have densely populated settlements but we are a port entry for aviation, for air travel and so there are many, many factors, if we take everybody to take responsibility, to take measures, help to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, we will succeed as a nation,” says Makhura.

Volunteer Hamza Bava says everyone should do their part, “We want to promote personal hygiene because in the unlikely event of the coronavirus reaching people like these in such conditions, we can have a major disaster and I think the communities don’t even have money for food. Forget soap but I think giving out soap will go a very long way.”

Meanwhile, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa has risen to 240, according to the Department of Health. The Eastern Cape has recorded its first case of the virus – a 28-year-old female who had travelled to Germany.

A total of 38 new cases have been recorded since Friday’s update of 202 coronavirus cases. On Friday, Minister of Health Mkhize said its important for South Africans to mobilise against the virus