By CHENGETO CHIDI
South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that a first suspected case of COVID-19 has tested positive.
In a press statement released today he said that a 38 year old patient was tested positive.
“This morning, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases confirmed that a suspected case of COVID-19 has tested positive, the patient is a 38 year old male who travelled to Italy with his wife, ” he said.
The patient who was part of a group of 10 people who consulted a private general practitioner after suffering from fever, malaise, sore throat and cough symptoms.
He kept himself in isolation after tests were taken to the labs.
South Africa said they had taken measures to curb the spread of the virus
“The Emergency Operating Centre has identified the contacts by interviewing the patient and the doctor, the tracer team has been deployed to KwaZulu-Natal with epidermologists and clinicians from NICD, the doctor has been self isolated as well, “he said.
A press briefing on the issue is going to be held after the parliamentary debate this evening.