SA in state of panic as Minister Mkhize confirms 1st coronavirus case

SA in state of panic as Minister Mkhize confirms 1st coronavirus case

- South Africa has it's very first coronavirus case and citizens are freaking out

- On Thursday, Minister Mkhize confirmed a KwaZulu-Natal dad tested positive for the Covid-19 virus

- South Africans have flooded social media with posts expressing their fear

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in South Africa.

In a statement on the matter, Mkhize revealed that the disease had been contracted in Italy: "The patient is a 38-year-old male who travelled to Italy with his wife. They were part of a group of 10 people and they arrived back in South Africa on March 1, 2020."

Mkhize's statement went viral and South Africans immediately began panicking. Briefly.co.za took a look at some of the reactions the news generated.

Many demanded more details, adding Mkhize's statement was vague and did not give enough information to calm South Africans.

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South Africans called on the government to prohibit people from traveling from high-risk countries into Mzansi.

Other only shared memes and tweets about their fear of the virus spreading.

Previously, Briefly.co.za reported billionaire Bill Gates expressed his concerns that the coronavirus could overwhelm African healthcare systems.

He was quoted saying:

"This disease, if it’s in Africa it’s more dramatic than if it’s in China, even though I’m not trying to minimise what’s going on in China in any way. Will this get into Africa or not and if so, will those health systems be overwhelmed?"

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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