- The coronavirus has reportedly spread to over 2 700 confirmed cases, with the death toll reaching 100
- Zweli Mkhize has held a media briefing to reassure any citizens concerned over a local outbreak
- With no cases confirmed in South Africa, the Health Minister warned against spreading fake news
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has done his best to reassure South Africa every measure is being taken to prepare for the possibility of a novel coronavirus outbreak.
Hosting a press conference alongside Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoledi, Mkhize confirmed no cases have been reported in Mzansi thus far.
Mkhize urged citizens to take care when spreading fake news during this anxious period, promising that the ministry would provide regular updates.
Explaining the measures put into place, Mkhize announced that OR Tambo International Airport would compel travelers on trips from Chine to complete a questionnaire for possible contact tracing.
Monitoring at the airport, the only direct route from the origin of the virus, had already been put into place, Briefly.co.za reported.
Mkhize revealed that at least 35 South Africans are currently in Wuhan City, where scientists believe the virus first broke out.
The minister says the Chinese government has promised to provide medical care to citizens in the region, should it come to that.
eNCA reports that South Africa is working alongside Chinese officials through the World Health Organisation in a bid to minimise the fallout from the situation.
In other news, Mkhize has been accused of nepotism after it emerged he had secured a high-ranking post for his niece.
Sibusiswe Zulu was instated as the minister's Chief of Staff despite facing corruption allegations and the Democratic Alliance has insisted on a probe into the questionable appointment.
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!