Coronavirus Confirmed In South Africa


"It will have a huge impact on travel, negatively impact on our economy which we all know is in a very precarious situation", Cyril Ramaphosa said Thursday, hours after the first case of the virus, known as COVID-19, was detected in South Africa.

Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo yesterday said following the confirmation of South Africa's first case, Zimbabwe would also intensify efforts but hoped South African authorities would be able to track down all those who had been in contact with the infected person.

"An interdisciplinary team of relevant departments including Health, Home Affairs, Social Development and the Defense Force will form part of the repatriation team from China to South Africa", the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJOINTS) said in a statement yesterday.

The man and the Doctor who checked him upon his return to South Africa were both in self-isolation since March 3, the minister said. "The practice nurse took swabs and delivered it to the lab", Mkhize said.

"The Emergency Operating Centre (EOC) has identified the contacts by interviewing the patient and doctor".

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In Egypt, two cases have been confirmed with the first case confirmed on February 14. Japan, South Korea and Iran are also global hotspots for the virus.

Several other states announced their first cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, including Utah and North Carolina, and others reported additional cases - NY is now up to 13.

It came the same day the company confirmed that an Amazon employee in the area had tested positive for the virus. Algeria has recorded the highest number of cases in the continent at 17.

Amazon confirmed Tuesday that an employee who works in the Internet giant's home city of Seattle had been quarantined after testing positive for the new coronavirus. This is the second such case reported at any tech giant in the USA, after an Amazon worker in Seattle was found infected with the new coronavirus this week. Mkhize also confirmed that the patient's symptoms only appeared roughly three days after he had returned to SA and that he flew into OR Tambo International Airport before boarding a flight to Durban.

According to the CNN, more than 3,300 people have been killed by the novel coronavirus which has hit more than 80 countries.