Thursday, 09 July 2020

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South Africa records its first case of coronavirus

Johannesburg (CNN)The first case of the novel coronavirus in South Africa has been diagnosed, the country's health minister announced Thursday.

The patient, a 38-year-old man, is part of a group of 10 people, including the man's wife, that returned March 1 to South Africa from Italy, Dr. Zweli Mkhize said in a statement.
The patient went to a general practitioner on March 3 with fever, headache, malaise, sore throat and cough, Mkhize said. A nurse took a swab, and it was delivered to a lab.

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The patient has self-isolated since March 3, Mkhize said. The couple have two children.
The doctor who treated the patient is also self-isolating, and health authorities have sent a tracer team with epidemiologists to KwaZulu-Natal province for contact tracing. he said.
Africa has recorded fewer cases of coronavirus than on other continents. Those affected mostly have traveled recently to Europe.

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