- Reports noted a suspected case of the coronavirus in the Western Cape
- After the recent announcement of SA's first case, health services have been on high alert
- However, the Western Cape government has since released a statement confirming there was no case in the region
In the wake of the first confirmed coronavirus COVID-19 case in KwaZulu-Natal, the country's attention has been zoned in on further news of the outbreak.
The Weekend Argus recently reported that the Western Cape Health Department was waiting on the test results of a patient who was transported to Tygerberg hospital after showing symptom.
The South African reports that, at the time of this incident, the provincial government had already probed 32 suspected cases.
Over 300 people across the nation have been tested but only one confirmed case has been discovered.
Briefly.co.za reported that a KwaZulu-Natal Midlands man had become the first case in South Africa after returning from a holiday in Italy.
In response to multiple reports on the suspected case, the Western Cape Provincial government issued a statement:
"The reported 'suspected case' detected in Parow yesterday initially matched the case definition based on information provided by the person. As per our response protocol, our health response team immediately came into effect. Upon further investigation, it was found the person did not meet the criteria for COVID-19 and did not require testing."
The statement made it clear that there are currently no confirmed cases in the province:
"We ask the public not to use the COVID-19 situation for personal gain as this leads to misusing of resources and unnecessary panic. We currently have no case in the province."
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize warned against the spread of fake news in the wake of the outbreak:
"I would like to ask our people to desist from spreading fake news. We are now getting voice notes, I have seen reporters printing stories when they don't have formal confirmation from the government. There must not be any misunderstanding of information. We have just one case. One, nothing more than that."
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