On Friday, 14 February, The National Institute of Communicable Diseases has not found any trace of the coronavirus in South Africa but a suspected case has been reported in eSwatini (formerly Swaziland).
Briefly.co.za learned that the person has been placed in quarantine and tests are being carried out on their blood to confirm the presence of the virus.
The first confirmed case in Africa was reported on Friday. Egypt has become the first country in Africa to report a patient testing positive for the coronavirus. The patient was not Egyptian and officials have not confirmed where the person is from or how they got into the country according to thesouthafrican.com.
"The ministry has taken preventative measures and is monitoring the patient… who is stable,” said Health Ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has been contacted and are aware of the case.
Recently, Briefly.co.za reported on the sharp increase in deaths and reported cases in China.
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