Health minister Mkhize address South Africa:
Mkhize: We have yet to test members of the team and who are quarantined. This was done when the first one was tested positive. Four of them have now also tested positive. One is a couple from KZN. 38 year old man and woman. They also tested positive and were also quarantined. We will track down anyone who has been in contact with them.
Mhize: Another 45-year-old man in Pietermaritzburg has also been tested positive. That man is currently having symptoms and is quarantined. The other is also a man in Pietermaritzburg. He is also 38. We are still waiting for results from those we have not announced. We just announce that they have tested positive as well.
The source of the infection appears to be the group that visited northern Italy for a ski meeting. Nine came back to South Africa and one went to England. Yesterday we announced that another member of the group in Gauteng was also tested positive and admitted to treatment. The third patient is the wife of the person diagnosed in Hilton. We also indicated that their conditions are healthy and that the man himself is happy. The minister said.
According to Mkhize, the cases are still limited to people who have traveled abroad. He wants to make a distinction between quarantine and isolation. Quarantined people do not necessarily have the virus among members. In the case of insulation, contact is strictly limited.
A question from a journalist about more people who flew out of northern Italy on Sunday and were not tested at the airport. The journalist wants to know how strict security measures are at the airport.
Mkhize: I’ll ask the team where the teacher is. As people here, we have identified several areas of high risk as to who we are investigating. This includes questionnaires and physical searches. What can happen is that someone can come from an area that is not considered a high-risk area. This is how many other countries also act to impose travel restrictions on specific countries. This while people can also come from other countries. However, we continue our investigations as people arrive in the country.
Three other cases – two in KZN and one in Gauteng, have already been confirmed.