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Thursday, March 5, 2020

First case of coronavirus confirmed in South Africa

First case of coronavirus confirmed in South Africa

 The first case of coronavirus in South Africa has been confirmed.

On Thursday, the country's Health Minister, Dr. Zweli Mkhize disclosed in a statement that a 38-year-old man tested positive for the (COVID-19) virus in KwaZulu-Natal after visiting Italy with his wife. 


He said the man returned home on 1 March and was isolated due to the symptoms he was showing when he went for check up.

His statement read: “This morning, Thursday 5 March, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) confirmed that a suspected case of coronavirus has tested positive. 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 1 March 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.”

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