Coronavirus: Possible first case reported in Alexandra township

Coronavirus: Possible first case reported in Alexandra township

- A coronavirus case has been confirmed in Alexandra, an informal settlement in Gauteng

- This comes shortly after a case was reported in the Western Cape township, Khayelitsha

- The development is a major cause of concern for health authorities amid the pandemic

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Alexandra has confirmed the informal settlements first case of the coronavirus on Monday.

The sprawling Gauteng region has numerous citizens living in confined spaces, raising concerns that the virus could rapidly spread.

Newzroom Afrika reported the first case in the informal settlement, with health authorities on high alert as a result reported that Western Cape Premier Alan Winde had released a breakdown of Covid-19 cases in the region.

This breakdown revealed that Khayelitsha has become the first South African township to report an infection.

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Western Cape Health official Nomafrench Mbombo reminded citizens that wearing masks and gloves provided very little defence against the virus.

Instead, Mbombo encouraged citizens to wash their hands frequently with water and soap for a duration of 20 seconds.

The provincial government noted with alarm the spread of the virus, urging citizens to ensure isolation and 14-day quarantine periods for those showing symptoms.

Deputy President David Mabuza, who recently tested negative for the virus, encouraged South Africans to seek out testing if they begin to show symptoms and to heed the current regulations put into place for the duration of the 21-day lockdown period.

While citizens are allowed to access essential services and purchase basic goods, loitering and gathering in large crowds is prohibited.

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