The Department of Health has published a press release statement this morning to give the public transparent information on the confirmed cases.
All of the confirmed cases prior to today have been from traveling to countries with known outbreaks and then bringing it back to South Africa, today it has been confirmed there has been the first case of “local transmission”.
Local transmission is when the patient has not left the country to become infected by the virus, the patient has caught the infection locally in South Africa.
Yesterday there were 13 confirmed cases, today this has risen to 17 confirmed. South Africa had tested over 3000 people yesterday for the virus and only a small percentage were positive.
A 38-year-old man from Durban, who lives in Turkey went to visit his family in South Africa when he was tested as positive. The man had gone to the UK and after returning to South Africa on the 7th March 2020.
A 27-year-old traveled to the United States, she returned on the 7th March 2020 and was tested positive.
A 43-year-old living in Johannesburg traveled to New York, the flight was not direct and passed through Dubai, He returned to South Africa on the 8th March 2020 testing positive.
The World Health Organisation have released a short informative video on how to prevent and protect yourself from the Coronavirus virus.
A 32-year-old Chinese businessman is the first case of “local transmission”, the man did not travel out of South Africa and contracted the virus.
Protecting yourself against Coronavirus
The formal declaration of a #COVID19 #pandemic does not change the fact that you can – and should – take these simple steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.— WHO Thailand (@WHOThailand) March 11, 2020
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