South Africa Reports Second Coronavirus Case

 South Africa Reports Second Coronavirus Case

South Africa’s Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize addresses a media briefing on the coronavirus at the South African Parliament on March 5, 2020, in Cape Town, as the first case of the COVID-19 illness has been detected in the country. RODGER BOSCH / AFP

South Africa, on Saturday, March 7, 2020 has confirmed a second case of coronavirus, who is a 39-year-old woman who had travelled to Italy as part of a group with the first confirmed case.

The South African authorities said the woman, originally from the inland province of Gauteng, had come into direct contact with the first case from Kwa Zulu-Natal when they travelled back in a group of 10 from Italy on March 1, 2020.

TheHealth Minister assured the public it had managed to secure information on the whereabouts of all the other people in the group that had travelled to Italy.

The African continent now has more than 30 confirmed cases, including in Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.

South Africa is meanwhile preparing to repatriate 184 of its citizens comprising students, teachers and other professionals working in China’s Wuhan, the epicentre of the epidemic.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged South Africans not to panic but also cautioned about the potential impact of the outbreak on the country’s struggling economy.

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