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South Africa on Thursday confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus, a 38-year-old male who travelled to Italy, the well being ministry introduced.
It’s the first case in southern Africa and the newest confirmed case in sub-Saharan Africa after Nigeria and Senegal.
“This morning,… the National Institute for Communicable Diseases confirmed that a suspected case of COVID-19 has tested positive,” Well being Minister Zweli Mkhize mentioned in an announcement.
The case was detected within the nation’s japanese Kwa-Zulu Natal province.
The affected person and his spouse have been a part of a gaggle of 10 individuals who arrived again in South Africa from Italy on March 1.
Two days later, on March three, he consulted a personal normal practitioner with a fever, headache, sore throat and a cough.
Italy has emerged because the European hotspot for the lethal virus with the nationwide loss of life toll at 107, the deadliest outbreak exterior China.
Greater than 90,000 folks have been contaminated and over three,000 killed worldwide for the reason that virus first emerged in China in December.
South Africa is getting ready to repatriate 184 of its residents — comprising college students, lecturers and different professionals working in China’s Wuhan, the epicentre of the epidemic.
The federal government’s data division additionally introduced that two South Africans engaged on the cruise ship Diamond Princess who had initially examined constructive for the virus, “have now tested negative and will shortly be making their way home”.