- Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba has called on Limpopo residents who live in Gauteng not to return home
- This is an attempt to slow the spread of the virus
- Once it reaches the rural areas of South Africa, it would be difficult to contain
Limpopo Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba has asked Limpopo residents who are living and working in Gauteng not return home and risk bringing the virus with them.
As the Easter holidays approach, people across South Africa prepare to head home to spend time with their families, however, they risk spreading the novel coronavirus as they travel.
Briefly.co.za is aware that Gauteng is the epicentre of the virus in South Africa and 109 confirmed cases which is a very small tip of a very large iceberg.
Limpopo currently has 1 confirmed case, and Ramathuba would like to keep it as low as possible, particularly in the rural areas where it could be difficult to contain. Ramatuhba responded to a concerned citizen who wanted to have Gauteng put on lockdown according to the Citizen.
“We call on all Limpopo citizens based in Gauteng and other provinces to heed this progressive call. Once the virus reaches our villages, it will be difficult to contain.#OurHealthOurResponsibility #Covid19InSA.”
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported on the 1st confirmed case in Zimbabwe. A citizen returned from a trip to Europe where he had contracted the disease. He was tested once he returned home to the tourist hot spot of Victoria Falls.
"This is the first case of Covid-19 in Zimbabwe," said Health Minister Obadiah Moyo on state television ZTV.
"The patient is a 38-year-old Caucasian man ... who had travelled to Manchester in the UK on the 7th of March and returned to his home in Victoria Falls on the 15th of March via South Africa," he said.
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