South Africa reports first case of Wuhan coronavirusChristian Fernsby ▼ | March 6, 2020
South Africa yesterday reported the first case of Wuhan coronavirus.
Health in South Africa Health Minister Zweli Mkhize
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They were part of a group of 10 people and they arrived back in South Africa on March 1, the minister said.
The patient consulted a private general practitioner on March 3, with symptoms of fever, headache, malaise, a sore throat and a cough, Mkhize said.
The practice nurse took swabs and delivered it to the lab. The patient has been self isolated since March 3.
The couple also has two children. The Emergency Operating Center (EOC) has identified the contacts by interviewing the patient and doctor.
The tracer team has been deployed to KwaZulu Natal with epidemiologists and clinicians from NICD.
The doctor has been self isolated as well, according to the minister. ■