First case of Coronavirus in SA confirmed
March 05, 2020
Gauteng, South Africa: The first case of coronavirus in South Africa has been officially confirmed.
The patient is a 38-year-old male who travelled to Italy with his wife. They were part of a group of 10 people and they arrived back in South Africa on March 1, 2020.
“The patient consulted a private general practitioner on 3 March , with symptoms of fever, headache, malaise, a sore throat and a cough.The practice nurse took swabs and delivered it to the lab. The patient has been self-isolating since 3 March. The couple also has two children.”
“The Emergency Operating Centre (EOC) has identified the contacts by interviewing the patient and doctor. The tracer team has been deployed to KwaZulu-Natal with epidemiologists and clinicians from NICD. The doctor has been self-isolated as well, as she may have picked up coronavirus too," said Health Minister Zweli Mkhize in a statement.
The Emergency Operating Centre has identified the contacts by interviewing the patient and doctor. The doctor has also been isolated read the statement.
The National Assembly also held a debate on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and South Africa’s readiness to deal with it.