- A 3rd patient has tested positive for the coronavirus
- She is the wife of the first patient who was infected, a man from KwaZulu-Natal
- The couple's children have tested negative but have been placed in self-isolation until their parent's test negative
Dr Zweli Mkhize, Minister of Health, has confirmed that a 3rd person has tested positive for the -year novel coronavirus, Covid-19. The patient is the wife of the first patient who tested positive for the virus.
She was part of the group of 10 people who travelled to Italy. 9 of the 10 people returned to South Africa.
Briefly.co.za learned that shortly after returning the first patient, a man from KwaZulu-Natal began experiencing flu-like symptoms and was tested for the virus.
A second person, a 39-year-old woman from Gauteng tested positive yesterday.
The 6 remaining people from the group who travelled to Italy will be tested within the next 48 hours.
The children of the infected couple were tested and their results have come back negative. The children will remain in self-quarantine as a precaution until their parents recover and test negative.
Mkhize said that he has spoken to the first patient:
"He is upbeat and jovial. I also spoke to the doctor treating him. She confirmed that the patient is responding well and is now asymptomatic."
Later today the department will conduct live interviews to explain to the public how to deal with asymptomatic patients and the recommended clinical observations and guidelines. These will be based on the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.
These guidelines have been developed from China's experience with dealing with the virus.
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