Is coronavirus in South Africa?
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize told the public about the South African coronavirus cases on Friday morning. His daily briefings have been shedding light on the country’s preparedness to deal with the illness, and he has stated that no coronavirus cases have yet been detected within SA:
“We welcome the declaration of an emergency of international concern. We reassure our people that there is no confirmed case of the virus in the country. However, there are two South Africans in China who are under quarantine.”
“South Africa has high referenced laboratories and technical skills to deal with coronavirus. We encourage all South Africans in China to register with embassies so that we know where to find them. At the moment, there is no evidence compelling us to repatriate our citizens from China.”Zweli Mkhize
Mkhize says there are two South Africans that have been asked to restrict their movements based in China but says this is just procedural checking and monitoring of possible #coronavirus cases. He says the embassy will be able to assist those individuals if they have concerns17:30 AM – Jan 31, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacySee Lindokuhle Xulu’s other Tweets
According to Mkhize, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) have also been deployed at certain posts to ensure that border checks are being completed thoroughly. The two quarantined citizens will remain in Tianjin, China. Meanwhile, dozens of our compatriots are stuck in the now-isolated “epicentre” of the coronavirus outbreak.