Just a few days after Senegal, Egypt, and Nigeria confirmed cases of the fast-spreading epidemic, South Africa has just reported its first Coronavirus case.
South African Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the virus was detected in a male patient who travelled to Italy with his wife. The couple returned to South Africa on March 1 and the patient consulted a private practitioner two days later with symptoms of fever, headache, malaise, a sore throat and a cough and was later kept in isolation alongside the doctor.
Reporting the case, South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases tweeted:
We confirm that a suspected case of #COVID19 has tested positive. This is not as a failure but as a success of our health systems to be able to detect and rapidly identify cases. The case has been self-isolated at home since the onset of symptoms and is receiving treatment.
a 38-year-old male from KZN who travelled to Italy with his wife has tested positive for #COVID19 in SA. The patient consulted a private GP on March 3, with symptoms of fever, headache, malaise, a sore throat and a cough.
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. #COVID19SA
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