South Africa has confirmed its second case of coronavirus on Saturday, March 7, 2020.
A 39-year-old woman who had embarked on a trip to Italy as part of a group is the second person to have contracted the deadly disease in the country.
According to the South African authorities, the woman (who is originally from the inland province of Gauteng, had direct contact with the first case from Kwa Zulu-Natal when they traveled back in a group of 10 from Italy on March 1, 2020.
Reports have pointed out that a man who was part of the group was the first case of coronavirus in the country.
“The second patient who has now tested positive for COV-19 will now be immediately admitted to a public health facility in Gauteng that the government has identified as one of the hospitals that are ready to receive COVID-19 positive patients.”
Members of the public were assured that the health ministry had secured information on the whereabouts of the other people in the group that had traveled to Italy.
The health ministry also confirmed that a 30-year-old South African man working in Daegu, South Korea, has also tested positive to COVID-19.
The man, who is due to return to South Africa, will remain there until details of his treatment in South Korea have been verified.
Africa has now recorded over 30 confirmed cases, including Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Nigeria.
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