BREAKING: First case of coronavirus confirmed in South Africa
The Department of Health has confirmed the first case of coronavirus in South Africa.
The statement issued by the department says 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 2020.
The patient consulted a private general practitioner on 3 March, with symptoms of fever, headache, malaise, a sore throat and a cough.
The patient has been self-isolating since then.
The department also says a tracer team has been deployed to KwaZulu-Natal with epidemiologists and clinicians from NICD.
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