We’ll take that all day long. It has been revealed by the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) health department that four people who caught coronavirus earlier this month have made full recoveries.
As South Africa’s cases spiked to 274 on Sunday, we certainly needed a bit of good news. President Ramaphosa is due to address the nation on Monday evening, after rolling out a series of strict social distancing measures. There are every chance things will get worse before they get better, but for this moment, we’ll allow ourselves some slight relief.
Of the four KZN residents now fully-fit again, the first person to contract the disease in South Africa is amongst them. Our “patient zero” was confirmed on Thursday 5 March and has managed to defeat coronavirus in just over two weeks. The other three also returned from a trip to Italy with the male patient:
- Patient zero is now free of the virus after he stopped showing symptoms and two tests came back negative.
- Two other patients were released on Saturday, both registering negative tests twice.
- A fourth patient was released on Saturday under the same criteria – a 79-year-old man is one of the recovered cases, giving hope to an elderly community who are the most ‘at-risk’ of coronavirus fatalities.