- South Africa's first coronavirus patient is reportedly recovering and ready to go home
- The 38-year-old Hilton man is expected to be discharged from hospital soon
- He was diagnosed with the Covid-19 virus on 5 March after returning to SA from a trip to Italy
The man who became South Africa's first coronavirus case after testing positive for the Covid-19 on 5 March is reportedly ready to go home.
According to KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala, 'Patient Zero' is recovering well and will soon be discharged from the hospital.
Zikalala said on Wednesday during a briefing by the province's executive council:
"He and his wife are both recovering. They are now just in the waiting period and will be able to go home. This shows that this virus does not mean that if you are infected that you will die. It shows that if you take care of yourself, you can get better soon."
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South Africans still had more questions though, they wanted to know whether the man was 'recovering or cured', adding there's a difference.
Twitter user, @Anele_2013, commented:
"Recovered and recovering are two different things."
Another tweep, @SandisileNtese, added:
"Before sending the person loose be sure the negative results are confirmed. Patient in the UK died after tested negative. So before any excitements be sure a person is well, instead of rushing to statistics, otherwise he'll be our first dead 'recoverer'."
Social media user, @Mbuyi97728515, wrote:
"I know it's good news... But I don't trust our government. Loves playing to the gallery."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za explained that a Zimbabwean publication, iHarare, wrongfully claimed Mzansi's first coronavirus patient had "successfully been cured".
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 entirely.
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.
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