South Africa has Thursday, confirmed a case of Coronavirus in the country, making it the third sub-Saharan country to report the epidermic.
South Africa Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize made this disclosure in statement, confirming that the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NCID) confirmed a positive test.
It was gathered that the port at which the patient came into the country through is yet to be identify, however, Mkhize stated that a tracer team has been deployed to KwaZulu-Natal. The man is now self-isolated.
“The patient is a 38-year-old male who travelled to Italy with his wife. They were part of a group of 10 people and they arrived back in South Africa on 1 March.
“The patient consulted a private general practitioner on 3 March with symptoms of fever, headache, malaise, a sore throat and a cough,” Mkhize said in the statement.
Meanwhile, a breakdown on the development shows that, Senegal has reported four case, Algeria 17, Morocco one, Tunisia one, Egypt three while Nigeria has a case, to date. Sub-Saharan Africa is considered high risk for an outbreak because of its close ties to China and weak health care infrastructure in many countries.
South Africa President, Cyril Ramaphosa, said that the spread of the coronavirus to South Africa will have a huge impact on travel and a negative impact on the already struggling South African economy.
“We will keep informing South Africans openly and transparently about a number of steps we will be taking because this will turn out to be a national crisis,” the president said.
“It will have a huge impact on travel, and a negative impact also on our economy,” he added.