Health Minister Zwele Mkhize has confirmed that the first case of the Coronavirus strain, Covid-19, has been confirmed in KZN. The patient is a 38-year-old male who recently returned from Italy with his wife a group of 9 other travellers.
The patient went to their doctor on the 3rd March complaining of fever, headache, malaise, a sore throat and a cough. The patient has been in self-isolation since then. The tests taken on the patient have today (5th March) confirmed that he is infected with Covid-19 strain. The doctor is also now in self-isolation.
The Minister took to Twitter to make the announcement just moments before a Parliamentary debate on South Africa’s readiness to deal with Coronavirus (COVD-19).
“The tracer team has been deployed to KwaZulu-Natal with epidemiologists and clinicians from NICD. The doctor has been self-isolating as well.
“The Emergency Operating Centre (EOC) has identified the contacts by interviewing the patient and doctor,” said Mkhize.
Italy has the third highest incidences of Coronovirus cases worldwide after mainland China and South Korea. The Italian government closed all schools and universities yesterday for two weeks in an effort to stop the spread of the disease.
As of the 5th March there were 95,748 confirmed cases of Covid-19 worldwide. 3,216 deaths have been recorded and 53,423 people have been recorded by John Hopkins of having recovered from the disease.