- Amid the height of the Novel Coronavirus panic, a group of travelers from Hong Kong left citizens feeling concerned
- Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has assured South Africa that there is nothing to be concerned about
- But this hasn't stopped Mzansi from stressing after the travelers were spotted with face masks on
A group of travelers from Hong Kong had South Africans doing a double-take when they passed through the Cape Town International Airport recently.
The Novel Coronavirus has been making global headlines and Mzansi has naturally been following the situation closely.
While the travelers' face masks had some stressing, it is common practice to wear them in China on a daily basis. It serves the purpose of preventing the spread of diseases, whether a person is sick or not.
It has become something of a fashion statement for some, with certain brands releasing their take on the simple mouth cover.
Briefly.co.za reported that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize had held a press conference earlier on Wednesday to ease some of the concerns.
While an unconfirmed case of the virus has been reported in the Ivory Coast, Mkhize insists that entry points into South Africa are being closely monitored:
“Temperature screening has been intensified at points of entry. If a traveller is found to have high temperature they are assessed by a nurse… then the NICD (National Institute for Communicable Diseases) is contacted."
The bigger concern is the 35 South Africans currently stranded in Wuhan, China where the virus is suspected of originating from.
The city has been on lockdown since the beginning of the outbreak, but the Chinese government has assured SA that medical attention will be provided for those in need.
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