Eastern Cape health department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo has confirmed that there are no known cases of the coronavirus in Port Elizabeth after a viral voice did the rounds. The voice note claimed that a patient at the hospital had the virus.
The voice note claimed that the information came from a friend whose wife works at the hospital.
Kupelo insists that the voice note is a hoax: "It is not true. There has been no case detected."
Briefly.co.za learned that 16 people have been tested for the virus at the hospital and according to Kupelo this is how the hoax came about.
"This has likely resulted in the bogus voice note being circulated."
The last test was done on a woman who returned from Turkey.
"If a case is detected it will be made public by the Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.
"We plead with the public not to create and send bogus information around."
At the time of writing this article, a second case of the coronavirus has been confirmed by Mkhize according to heraldlive.co.za.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported on the effectiveness of face masks in preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
In response to the outbreak, US Surgeon General Jerome Adams had warned against the perception that this is effective protection:
“Seriously people - stop buying masks! They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!”
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