Second coronavirus case confirmed in south Africa

Minister of health Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed a second case of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in South Africa.

A 39-year-old lady from Gauteng was in direct contact with the first case from KwaZulu-Natal. She was part of the group of 10 that had travelled to Italy.

Mkhize also affirmed that a 39-year-old male South African working in Daegu, South Korea, had also tested positive for Covid-19. He was due to return to SA but had since remained in South Korea.

“The public must be aware that we have information and know the whereabouts of all the other 10 people who were part of the group that had travelled to Italy. All those who came back to SA, are currently being tested. We are now awaiting their test results to come out.” Mkhize said

Mkhize said the second patient who tested positive for Covid-19 would be admitted to a public health facility in Gauteng that government had identified as one of the hospitals that were ready to welcome Covid-19 positive patients.

A 38-year-old man from Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal, tested positive for the virus, three days after returning from a holiday in Italy on Sunday, becoming the country’s first confirmed case of the deadly virus.