Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize has told the people of South Africa about the situation at the moment and the country's plans to deal with the virus.
There have been 86 000 cases of the coronavirus covid-19 reported across the globe with almost 3000 people succumbing to the illness. Africa has reported cases in Egypt, Nigeria and Algeria.
The Department of Health have posed a number of Tweets informing the public on plans to contain the virus and reduce its impact in South Africa.
Briefly.co.za learned that this comes after the news broke that South Africa was going to repatriate 151 citizens who are currently in Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the coronvirus outbreak.
South Africa has a multisector response team in place called the Multisector National Outbreak Response team (MNORT) which tracks outbreaks around the work and monitors developments.
A 24-hour hotline has been set up for anyone who suspects they may have the virus or know someone who does.
The government is working hard to prepare for the virus and place the country in a good position when the virus reaches its shores.
So far there have been no cases reported within South Africa.
Points of entry into South Africa will be monitored and hospitals will prepare for any eventual cases of the virus.
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