Two South Africans have been contaminated by the brand new coronavirus whereas serving as crew members aboard a cruise ship that was quarantined for 3 weeks in Japan, officers stated Friday.
The pair, the primary South Africans confirmed to have the virus, are being cared for in Japan however they don’t present signs of the sickness linked to COVID-19, South Africa’s well being ministry stated.
The federal government was knowledgeable by Tokyo that there have been 12 South African crew members engaged on the Princess Diamond cruise ship when it was hit by COVID-19 and that two had examined constructive, the ministry stated.
“They are currently being treated in Japan and the latest reports indicate that they are currently asymptomatic.”
Till now, nobody in South Africa has been formally confirmed to have the virus.
The authorities in Pretoria introduced Thursday that the 132 of their residents shall be repatriated from the Chinese language metropolis of Wuhan, the epicentre of the epidemic.
Formally, solely three individuals have been contaminated on the African continent — one in Egypt, one in Algeria and one in Nigeria. None has died.
The brand new coronavirus has contaminated greater than 80,000 individuals and price the lives of practically three,000 individuals worldwide, the overwhelming majority in China, in line with the newest tally by AFP primarily based on official sources.