First suspected case of coronavirus: Limpopo man being monitored

First suspected case of coronavirus: Limpopo man being monitored

- Limpopo health authorities are currently monitoring a man suspected of possibly having contracted the coronavirus

- While the man is being monitored, no confirmation has been given that it is the virus that is sweeping the globe

- South Africans are urged not to panic as nothing has been confirmed and for now this is just a rumour

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A man in Limpopo is currently being monitored over suspicions that he may have contracted the coronavirus.

The SABC reports that the man has a high fever and has been placed in isolation after presenting himself for treatment for symptoms red-flagged as indicators of the deadly illness.

Both Namibia and Botswana have already placed citizens under quarantine and are closely monitoring them, with the virus incubating for around two weeks before symptoms become apparent.

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The Limpopo patient works as a baggage handler at a border checkpoint between Botswana and South Africa. Currently admitted to Ellisras Hospital in Lephalale, he had complained of a high fever. reported that the health department had deployed officials to borders in an effort to monitor travellers, with a specific focus on elevated body temperature.

While experts believe its simply a matter of time before a case arises in South Africa, not one case has been confirmed so far.

The World Health Organisation has dubbed the outbreak a global emergency with 500 deaths reported in China to date.

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