- Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has confirmed South Africa's second case of the coronavirus
- A 39-year-old Gauteng resident has contracted the virus
- In a statement issued on the development, it was revealed that she had contact with the first patient
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has confirmed SA's second positive case of the coronavirus.
In a statement issued on this new development, the government commented that:
"The 39-year-old lady who is from Gauteng is a direct contact to the first case from KwaZulu-Natal. She was part of the group of 10 that had travelled to Italy. The public must be notified that we have information and know the whereabouts of all the other 10 people who were part of the group that had travelled to Italy. All those who came backe to South Africa are currently being tested. We are now awaiting their test results to come out. Since being traced, the have remained in isolation to avoid any further contact with third parties."
The second patient will now be treated at an identified facility in Gauteng:
"The second patient who has now test positive for COV-19 will now be immediately admitted to a public health facility in Gauteng that government has identified as one of the hospitals that are ready to receive COVID-19 positive patients."
The state assured citizens that they would receive updates on any new developments:
"We are now following all the protocols that we have already publicly announced to the public in dealing with this case. We will keep the public fully informed on all relevant developments."
A South African living overseas has also contracted the disease, with the government commenting:
"We also wish to notify the public that our embassy has advised us that a 39-year-old male South African who works in Daegu, South Korea has also tested positive for COVID-19. He was due to return to South Africa and has since remained in South Korea. We are now following up with the South Korean authorities firstly to obtain formal confirmation of this case and also the details of where our citizen is being treated."
Briefly.co.za reported that Mkhize had urged against the spread of fake news and reiterated this in the statement:
"We continue to call for calm and cooperation from the public and the media during this period. We also request that the privacy of the patients, the affected individuals and families be respected. Our commitment to do everything in our power to mitigate against the uncontrollable spread of COVID-19 in our country, remains."
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