PODCAST | THE STORY: Coronavirus is now in SA after patient zero found in KZN - so what now?

2020-03-06 14:18

After weeks of misinformation and speculation, the first coronavirus case in South Africa has been confirmed.

On Thursday, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize released a statement saying that the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NCID) had confirmed a positive test.

"The patient is a 38-year-old male who travelled to Italy with his wife. They were part of a group of 10 people and they arrived back in South Africa on 1 March," Mkhize said.

This confirmation of a Covid-19 case in South Africa has raised concerns among South Africans who fear they too may fall victim to the deadly virus.

In this episode of The Story, we speak to Health24 editor Bevan Lakay. 

Lakay and his team have been working around the clock to ensure their readers are updated with all the developments regarding the virus outbreak.

He joins us to discuss best practices, myths and whether South Africans should be concerned. 

Later, Ilse Oelofse, a South Africa living in Beijing talks to us about being semi-quarantined in China for 30 days following the outbreak. 

Listen to the episode on SoundCloud here.

Read more on:    zweli mkhize  |  kwazulu-natal  |  coronavirus  |  health

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