Two suspected coronavirus patients test negative for disease in KZN

Two suspected coronavirus patients test negative for disease in KZN

- Mzansi was buzzing after it emerged that two KwaZulu-Natal citizens were suspected of having contracted the coronavirus

- Thankfully, the Department of Health has since reassured the nation that the pair tested negative for the disease

- This comes after a suspected case in Limpopo also tested negative

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The Department of Health in KwaZulu-Natal has assured South Africans that there are still no positive cases of the coronavirus in Mzansi.

Two suspected cases in the province had caused a stir, but health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu confirmed that, while similar symptoms were displayed, laboratory tests carried out proved it was not the virus:

"There is no laboratory confirmation of the virus for the above-mentioned cases. As a precaution, one case is being handled by the Department at one of its facilities, while the other one is currently being managed by a private healthcare facility in Durban."

The state is confident that no confirmed cases have surfaced, with no symptoms emerging after the 14 day incubation period:

"The department is monitoring the treatment and management of these patients closely, in accordance with the extensive stringent measures and protocols that have been put in place as announced by the National Department of Health."

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Simelane-Zulu promised that the National Department of Health would update the public if any new developments came about:

"Until then, the Department would like to appeal to the media, and community of KwaZulu-Natal at large to remain calm and avoid being misled by false and sensational statements which are peddled on social media platforms." reported that a Limpopo man had been suspected of having contracted the virus, but the department has since revealed the baggage handler tested negative.

This comes as the world attempts to get the outbreak, believed to have originated in Wuhan China, under control.

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