goodyogahMar 4, 2020Read original
Minister Zweli Mkhize believes it is a "matter of time" before coronavirus hits SA - but six other countries in Africa have already got the disease.
Image via Adobe StockThe Health Department and Minister Zweli Mkhize have briefed the nation on Wednesday, as the spread of coronavirus continues to threaten on a global scale. South Africa remains untouched by the disease, but the same cannot be said for six other countries on our continent.
The global death toll for coronavirus has tipped over the 3 000 mark, with approximately 100 000 cases reported since the outbreak was first reported in Wuhan, China. Around 150 South Africans are set to be repatriated from the city, but face three weeks in quarantine once they return to our shores.
Which African countries have confirmed coronavirus cases?
North of our borders, there have been seven cases reported across Africa. The affected countries are:
Death toll rises above 3 000 – but no panic from Zweli Mkhize
Continuing his briefing, Mkhize explained that the SA government is not looking to introduce any sort of travel ban, nor will they restrict their trade of goods with nations . However, the minister did note that a majority of cases reported in Africa had origins in Italy: Four of the victims had visited the European nation – which has suffered one of the worst outbreaks of coronavirus outside China – before returning home.
“Of the seven cases, four of them have a history of contact with Italy, so it begins to indicate to us that this is a challenge. In South Africa, we have estimated about 3 000 citizens in different parts of China… As it stands, we are not considering any travel or trade bans at this point “
“Therefore, the concern is that a large number of students and teachers are in the Harbin province in Wuhan city. So far, only two South Africans have caught the disease – they were both on a cruise ship in Japan… SANDF is now in the process of procuring the aircrafts and the staff to bring home SA citizens from Wuhan.”