South Africa reports first COVID-19 case

EYEAFRICA TV: Cape Town, South: Africa South Africa on Thursday reported the first case of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to its National Department of Health.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the confirmed patient is a 38-year-old man who traveled to Italy with his wife recently. They were part of a 10-people group and they returned to South Africa on March 1.

The patient went to see a private general practitioner on March 3, with symptoms of fever, headache, malaise, a sore throat and a cough, Mkhize said.

The practice nurse took swabs and delivered them to the lab, and then he was tested positive of coronavirus. The patient has been in self-quarantine since March 3.

The tracer team with epidemiologists and clinicians from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has been deployed to KwaZulu-Natal where the patient lives.

Additionally, when talking about the people who have very close contact with this case, Dr Keringan Mccarthy, an expert of NICD, said that “those people we recommended to self quarantine themselves at home and active monitor for the present symptoms. The guide line, the detail guide line for what quarantine at home can be found on NICD website under the coronavirus type.”

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