Fact Check: No, SA's first coronavirus patient hasn't been 'cured'

Fact Check: No, SA's first coronavirus patient hasn't been 'cured'

- A recent article claimed that South Africa has managed to 'cure' its first coronavirus patient

- The article was shared on a Zimbabwean website, attempting to spread some hope amid gloomy times

- Briefly.co.za explores the facts behind the claim in order to separate it from fiction

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Amid the panic over the coronavirus, people are desperate for a bit of good news during these dark times for South Africa and the world at large.

However, this has led to the truth being stretched or even misinterpreted in the flood of information on the Covid-19 virus.

Briefly.co.za explores a claim that its first patient in the outbreak has been successfully 'cured'.

READ ALSO: Coronavirus: SA records triple-digit cases after spike to 116

iHarare, a Zimbabwean publication, recently claimed that South Africa has recorded its 'first successful cure of the coronavirus'.

The article claimed that the first victim, a 38-year-old KwaZulu-Natal Midlands man, had been cured of the virus after contracting it overseas.

The story referenced an IOL article as its source, but closer inspection reveals the iHarare article had misinterpreted the facts of the situation.

While the source article did indeed claim the patient was 'ready to go home', it also revealed that the man still required medical clearance to prove the virus had been removed from his system.

The World Health Organisation has noted that there is yet to be a publicly available drug or vaccine for the coronavirus.

This means that anyone who contracts the disease is not 'cured', rather they successfully recover from it.

Meanwhile, the local infections amid the pandemic have reached triple-digits, with the Department of Health confirming 116 cases in total.

This included six new cases of local transmission, an indication that citizens are coming into contact with the disease here at home.

President Cyril Ramaphosa recently declared a national disaster in light of the spike in infections, imposing travel bans to limit the number of cases contracted overseas and then brought into the country.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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