ROUNDUP | Coronavirus hysteria grips South Africa

2020-03-06 21:07

Hysteria over South Africa's first confirmed case of novel coronavirus is sweeping across the country as the virus continues to spread around the globe.

The 38-year-old businessman, who remains in self-isolation, believes he is on the path to recovery.

Also in isolation as a precautionary measure is Dr Robyn Reed, the doctor who first examined the man. She moved to quell fears by comparing coronavirus to a very bad flu. 

Here is a roundup of News24's coverage on Friday:

'I trust the worst is over', says man with SA's first case of coronavirus

The father of two spoke exclusively to News24's sister publication The Witness. He explained that he was overwhelming after tests confirmed him positive for coronavirus.

Doctor who treated coronavirus patient moves to soothe fears: Be calm, virus is like bad flu

Dr Robyn Reed who examined the first coronavirus-positive South African has called for calm and warned people not to panic because the illness was similar to the flu.

Fear and uncertainty in neighbourhood of SA's first coronavirus patient

Residents of Hilton in KwaZulu-Natal say they are living in fear and uncertainty after a member of the community contracted the deadly coronavirus.

"It is a very scary thought because the first thing that comes to mind is that he's infected others, friends, relatives all of those people he has come in contact with. I suspect there are more people with coronavirus, but they don't know yet."

18 more people now in quarantine after contact with KZN man

Eighteen people who were in contact with the only diagnosed South African have been quarantined, while more than 300 people have been tested for the coronavirus, said Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.

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Mkhize said the 18 who were in the immediate vicin

South Africans to be repatriated from China not infected with coronavirus - ambassador

China's ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, has confirmed that none of those waiting to be repatriated are positive with coronavirus.

"I am proud to say there are no confirmed cases coming from China to South Africa. Why? We make sure that whoever comes to this country must be safe," he said.

He said screenings were taking place from all airports in China to ensure that there were no slip-ups.

Next case unlikely to come from repatriated South Africans

Many South Africans have taken to social media to wonder whether this homecoming will bring with it another case of the virus. But South Africa's quarantine process will err on the side of caution - further diminishing the risk of a new case among the group, reports Bhekisisa.

Scientists say the new coronavirus has mutated and there are now two strains

Researchers have discovered the new coronavirus has already mutated and there are two strains of the virus, which they have classified as the 'L' and 'S' types.

Builders Warehouse is selling out of dust masks as coronavirus fears grip South Africa

As surgical masks continued to be in hot demand in South Africa, concerned consumers are now turning to dust masks, which according to one study had a lower "protective efficiency" than a bandana, reports Business Insider SA.

- Compiled by Adiel Ismail

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