Coronavirus: First confirmed patient says he's feeling 'much better'

Coronavirus: First confirmed patient says he's feeling 'much better'

- The 38-year-old man who tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from Italy says he's feeling much better

- The father of two claims that the 'worst is over' after being declared the first case in SA

- With his immediate family not showing symptoms yet, the necessary precautions are being taken

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The unidentified man who has South Africa's first confirmed case of the coronavirus says he is feeling much better.

The Witness reports that the married dad of two children feels that the 'worst is over' in his ordeal.

His wife and two children are not presenting any symptoms at the moment and the necessary precautions have been taken. reported that the man had recently returned from a trip to Italy, where he and his wife had been joined by eight other people.

eNCA reports that the group, who arrived in South Africa on 1 March, have also been isolated in an attempt to limit possibly spreading the disease.

A private general practitioner had been consulted when he complained of a fever, headache, sore throat and a cough.

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Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged citizens to remain calm while at the same time expressing concern over the potential impact on an already struggling economy.

"The government will demonstrate its seriousness in terms of dealing with this matter. We are just at the beginning of this, it will turn out to be a national crisis."

Ramaphosa was speaking at an airbase in Pretoria ahead of a South African National Defence Force operation to repatriate 184 citizens living in Wuhan.

The district in China is believed to be the epicentre of the current epidemic and students, teachers and professionals will be brought home in the R25 million operation.

In the wake of the news, the Cowan House Preparatory School in the Midlands has announced that the school will be closing its doors in light of a parent contracting the coronavirus.

School headmaster Derek Braans said the aim was to be cautious until more information could be provided:

"At this stage there is limited information available to the school to inform the decision of whether to close the school or not. We have been in constant communication with the experts of the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). Their advice has been that it is unnecessary to close the school. However, due to the lack of clarity and uncertainty at this point, we have taken the conservative decision to close school."

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