- The Novel Coronavirus has been causing panic across the globe with several countries reporting cases
- However, the Ministry of Health has assured South Africans that the appropriate measures have been put in place
- Outbreak response teams around the nation have been activated and are on high alert
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The Ministry of Health has assured South Africans that they have nothing to fear when it comes to the Novel Coronavirus.
In a statement released in response to the outbreak, the department insists measures have been put into place to manage the situation:
"Port health professionals routinely conduct temperature screening for all international travellers. However, due to the current risk of importation of inadvertent cases of 2019-nCoV from Wuhan City, China, Port Health authorities have enhanced surveillance of all travellers from Asia, especially China. Fortunately, OR Tambo International Airport is the only port of entry for all flights from Asia."
IOL reports that no cases have been reported thus far, but all provinces have activated outbreak response teams, who are ready in case of any cases inadvertently occurring.
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Briefly.co.za gathered that no travel restrictions to China have been implemented, with the World Health Organisation not yet advising the implementation.
Nevertheless, citizens travelling to Wuhan, China, have been urged to avoid contact with animals and observe the relevant hygiene practices.
25 deaths have been recorded in China since the outbreak started, with 830 cases confirmed and 1 072 suspected cases noted.
The region's National Health Commission says the majority of infections occurred in Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have originated. Seven other countries have reported non-fatal cases.
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