Breaking News: South Africa is no longer Coronavirus free

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The first confirmed coronavirus victim has been revealed to be a 38-year-old father of two who had returned from Italy, where he was with a group of 10 people.South Africa Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said on Thursday that the man, whose identity is withheld but who is understood to be quarantined in Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal, arrived in the country at OR Tambo International Airport  in Johannesburg on 1 March, then flew to Durban.He has been self-isolating since Tuesday.

According to the information provided by Mkhize to the National Assembly and at the subsequent media briefing, the following information is known about the person who has contracted the virus:

  • He is a 38-year-old male;
  • He is a South African citizen, residing in KwaZulu-Natal;
  • He is married, with two children, who are now in quarantine;
  • He was in a group of 10 people in Italy, presumably on holiday;
  • He arrived in South Africa at OR Tambo International Airport, and from there flew to Durban, on 1 March;
  • At the time he didn’t present with the coronavirus symptoms;
  • On 3 March the man consulted a private general practitioner, with symptoms of fever, headache, malaise, a sore throat and not much of a cough;
  • He has been self-isolating since 3 March.

Mkhize told MPs in the National Assembly on Thursday: “The patient was asked to stay on voluntary home quarantine, and now a whole team of our emergency operating center has gone to identify all the contacts, interviewing the patient and including the doctor.

“A tracer team has landed in KwaZulu-Natal, they’re with epidemiologists and clinicians from NICD. The doctor is also self-isolated, so we’ve actually descended on this particular case.

“We are now tracing the others who may have come back so we can start widening the net to reach out to all those who have been exposed and are at risk. We will be testing them as we have been doing…

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