Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Wednesday briefed the media on South Africa's preparedness should an outbreak of the coronavirus hit the country.
Mkhize said there was no need for South Africans to panic as there have been no cases reported in the country.
Since the outbreak was detected in China about a month ago, at least 132 people have died, and more than 6,000 people have been affected.
Mkhize confirmed that there is a suspected case in Zambia that is being dealt with.
Clement Manyathela on the Midday Report chats to National Institute of Communicable Diseases medical epidemiologist Sibongile Walaza to shed light on the deadly outbreak.
We are prepared in terms of detecting and responding to patients. If you pick patients up early it makes the work of curtailing the spread much easier.— Sibongile Walaza, Medical epidemiologist - National Institute of Communicable Diseases
She says there are guidelines given for clinicians in private and in public facilities on how to deal with a case of the outbreak.
Listen below to the full conversation: