Update from First case of positive COVID-19 detected in South Africa. and 3 reported cases of positive Covid-19 in South Africa
The Health minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize just confirmed 6 new cases of Covid-19 bringing the total number of cases in South Africa to 13.
The first case has been reported in the Western Cape of a 36-year-old male who returned to South Africa on the 9th of March after traveling to various countries including Turkey, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany.
A 40-year-old male who returned on the 7th of March from Portugal tested positive in KwaZulu-Natal province.
Gauteng reported 4 new cases which include a couple 34-year-old male and a 33-year-old female who returned from Germany on the 9th of March. Also 57-year-old male who returned on the 9th of March after traveling to Italy and Austria. Lastly, a 33-year-old female who returned from Italy on the 1st of March.
The Minister’s statement reads “All the patients have now been advised. Those who are symptomatic have started receiving treatment. Some of these patients are already in the hospital while some, specifically those who are asymptomatic are in self-quarantine. Contact tracing has also started for all these cases.”
“It is also noteworthy that to date, 645 tests have been conducted. More information relating to these cases will be communicated. We also request that the privacy of the patients and the families continue to be observed by the media and members of the public,” the minister added.
“At this time there is no indication that COVID-19 is circulating widely in South Africa”.
Total number of test conducted 645
Total number of positive cases 13
Positive cases by Province
Western Cape 1