The Government released a statement confirming that South African has 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in total. WHO (World Health Organization) has declared COVID-19 a pandemic.
Four more cases were confirmed on 12 March 2020 bringing a total of 17 confirmed cases.
Latest Cases includes:
KZN: A 38 year male from Durban who lives in Turkey and was visiting his family in South Africa has tested positive. He had traveled to the UK and returned to SA on the 7th of March 2020.
Mpumalanga: A 27-year-old female from Mpumalanga who traveled to the United States. She returned to South Africa on the 7th of March 2020.
Gauteng: A 43-year-old male from Johannesburg who had traveled to New York via Dubai and returned to South Africa on the 8th March 2020.
Free State: A 32-year-old male who came into contact with a Chinese businessman. This is the first case of local transmission as all others have been by patients who had traveled abroad.
“At this stage, all patients are in self-quarantine and have mild to moderate symptoms. They are also on symptomatic treatment.
Our tracing teams are now making a list and have started contacting individuals that have been identified as these patients’ contacts.” Added Department of Health
- KwaZulu Natal currently has 8 confirmed cases,
- Gauteng Province Currently has 6 confirmed cases
- Western Cape: 1 confirmed case
- Free State: 1 confirmed case
- Mpumalanga: 1 confirmed case
The COVID-19 hotline number for the National Institute for Communicable Diseases is 0800 029 999. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has set up a 24-hour hotline number for South Africans based in China, Wuhan City.
Contact the South African Embassy in Beijing on +86 135 0105 9041, persons in contact are Ms. Lesego Pelompe and Mr. Siyabonga Ponco. You may also call the South African Consulate General in Shanghai, Ms. Grace Motloutzi on +86 159 0045 4282.
For repatriation information for concerned family members contact the Department of International Relations and Corporation (DIRCO) on 012 351 1754 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The beginning of the Coronavirus / COVID-19
WHO (World Health Organization) was alerted of cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City in Hubei which the Province of China. It was identified as Coronavirus on 07 January 2020 which is a family of viruses that include the common cold and viruses such as SARS and MERS, and later on, it was temporarily named COVID-19.
The Novel CoVID-19 was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and emergency center (EOC) was activated.