South Africa on high alert after registering their first case of the new Covid-19 virus from a 38-year-old man who had recently been to ItalyDr. Zweli Mkhize the South African Health Minister just confirmed the first case of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The patient identified was in the province of Kwa Zulu Natal. Details are still unfolding, as the case was just identified.According to SABC, The individual concerned had just arrived back in from Italy. At the time of entry, he had no symptoms. The signs seem to have developed three days after arrival. He had reported symptoms of fever, headache, sore throat, cough and malaise. On seeking medical attention from a general practitioner, the person was advised to carry out a self-quarantine as test results are were ongoing. The Coronavirus patient is a 38-year-old male who had traveled to Italy with his wife alongside a group of ten people. It is reported that the couple has two children.
The medical expert who referred the matter was also held in self-isolation. Other family members of the patient will also be put under quarantine. Testing will also be extended to those who might have been in contact, particularly those who came into contact during the time of entry.
The health minister expressed confidence in the preparation including areas of isolation and treatment. This is the first case in Southern Africa and the seventh in the continent. This was bad news for the South African economy given the recent reports of the economic slowdown and recession.
Dr. Zweli Mkhize as he made his media briefing on parliament grounds:South African President Cyril Ramaphosa also briefed the country, complementing the quick response of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases. He promised full transparency on the developments of the virus and revealed there is constant contact between government agencies and the World Health Organization. Also read:Algeria confirms first Coronavirus caseEgypt confirms first coronavirus case