- Efforts to prevent a local outbreak of the coronavirus have been ramped up
- The country remains on high alert as reports stream in of more cases
- Two South Africans have been placed under quarantine for the virus in China
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has said efforts have been intensified to prevent a local outbreak of the coronavirus.
Providing an update, Mkhize had commented on the World Health Organization's declaration of a state of emergency in this regard:
"Port health officials have been provided with additional handheld thermometers to detect the temperature of any traveller arriving in the country. We've also requested the support of the SANDF health services to work with us so that we can reinforce manpower in the various ports of entry where we believe we need additional support."
The army has been deployed to ensure border controls are being properly implemented in order to minimise any chances of an outbreak, Briefly.co.za gathered.
The minister confirmed that an emergency operation centre had been set up to deal with the outbreak. This follows over 200 deaths in China, with several other countries confirming infections.
Mkhize revealed that two cases of citizens contracting the virus have been confirmed in China:
“We welcome the declaration of an emergency of international concern. We reassure our people that there is no confirmed case of the virus in the country. However, there are two South Africans in China who are under quarantine.”
However, the minister has assured the nation there is no need to bring citizens in the country home:
“South Africa has high referenced laboratories and technical skills to deal with coronavirus. We encourage all South Africans in China to register with embassies so that we know where to find them. At the moment, there is no evidence compelling us to repatriate our citizens from China.”
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