The first case of coronavirus confirmed in South Africa
A 38-year-old man has been tested in KZN. He recently travelled to Italy.
The minister of health: The nations institute of communicable disease 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. They were part of a group of 10 people. They arrived in South Africa on the 1st of March 2020. The patient consultant consulted with a general practitioner on the 3rd of March 2020 with symptoms of fever, headache, malaise, sore throat and a cough.
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— Department of Health (@HealthZA) March 5, 2020