By our reporter
South Africa has announced that the country has registered her first case of covid-Coronavirus today.
In a statement signed by South Africans Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize the National Institute for Communicable Diseases confirmed that a suspected case of COVID-19 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 March 1, 2020,” reads part of the statement
The statement further says the patient consulted a private general practitioner on March 3, 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 March 3. The couple also has two children” it reads.
The statement also says 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.
“Media briefing is to ensure that the public is immediately kept abreast. A press briefing will be held later after the parliamentary debate this evening to shed more light on this issue,” reads the statement in part.