Dr. Zweli Mkhize, South Africa health minister broke the news in of the confirmed CODVID-19 saying; " This morning, Thursday 5 March, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) confirmed that a suspected case of coronavirus has tested positive.
According to the Minster, the patient consulted a private general practitioner on 3 March with symptoms of fever, headache, malaise, a sore throat and a cough. On Monday, Twitter's chief HR officer, Jennifer Christie, wrote in a blogpost that the company is encouraging all of its thousands of employees to work from home in an effort to keep the virus from spreading. Majority are linked to a nursing home in Kirkland.
This follows reports that the South African National Defence Force members were refusing to continue with the mission, fearing that there is a huge risk of being infected with the virus themselves. It has killed more than 3,000 people worldwide, mostly in China, where it originated in December.
"They will be monitored by our medical staff so that if they display any symptoms they are rapidly tested."
The ministry said it would brief the media later in the day to provide more details.
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An interdisciplinary team of relevant departments including health, home affairs, social development, and the defense will form part of the repatriation team which will be flown to China from South Africa, government spokesperson Phumla Williams said in a statement.
The global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) was also addressed at the press briefing and the NICD said at this stage, the ten hospitals that would be treating patients had enough.