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Passenger wearing protective face masks arrive from Shenzhen in China, at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, on March 2, 2020 amid concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic caused by the new coronavirus. (Phill Magakoe / AFP)
Passenger wearing protective face masks arrive from Shenzhen in China, at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, on March 2, 2020 amid concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic caused by the new coronavirus. (Phill Magakoe / AFP)
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06 Mar 2020

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

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None of the South Africans to be repatriated from China are infected with coronavirus - ambassador

06 Mar 2020

More than 300 people have been tested for the coronavirus, while another 18, who were in contact with the only diagnosed South African, have been quarantined, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Friday.

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18 people quarantined, 300 tested for coronavirus - Zweli Mkhize

06 Mar 2020

8 fast facts on the new coronavirus

To help you better understand what's happening, here are 8 fast facts on the new coronavirus.

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06 Mar 2020

Simelane-Zulu says a budget was not set aside for Covid-19, because it came after budget appropriation. But they have reprioritised within own mandate. It might affect some programmes but not the current one.  

06 Mar 2020

KZN Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu reassures pubic that proper training of staff has taken place. We all need to be hands on and deal with it properly.

06 Mar 2020

If South Africans work together, we will contain it. If a case is reported, we treat, recover, don't stigmatise anyone.

06 Mar 2020

No country can ever stop coronavirus from reaching its shores. But we are dealing with an emergency here. We don't need to squabble about the weaknesses of our health system. - Mkhize.

We can fight this. We can fight this together, he says.

06 Mar 2020

Mkhize on story of defence force staff: We are not aware of it. Everybody has dismissed it as lies. Still working to get people (South Africans) back from Wuhan. 

06 Mar 2020

Fake news, disinformation, stigma, lack of cooperation is what will cause problems, says Mkhize.

06 Mar 2020

We must stop spreading fake news that frighten people, Mkhize says. Whether we are able to contain it depends on the community of South Africa.  

06 Mar 2020

Plea to all South Africans: we need everyone to take the basic precautions, block mouths with tissues when coughing, sneezing. Also keep distant of people coughing. Keep disinfectant close by.

06 Mar 2020

School does not need to close, parents do not need to panic, says Mkhize.

06 Mar 2020

Close-conduct testing will take place (family members, etc). Depending on severity, they will be taken out of the area if necessary.

06 Mar 2020

Case management: rapid response, we want to thank you.

Yesterday (5 March) the patient was taken to Grey's Hospital for medical attention.

Confirms there are no other patients.  

06 Mar 2020

Yesterday we did not divulge a lot of information. We want to correct certain information:

The patient came from Italy via Dubai, into King Shaka International Airport.

No symptoms were present upon arrival on  1 March.

3 March he developed symptoms. 

06 Mar 2020

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06 Mar 2020

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06 Mar 2020

'I'm much better', says man with SA's first case of coronavirus

"I believe I'm on the path to recovery and am feeling much better than I was a few days ago. I remain in self-isolation until I have been given the all-clear. I trust the worst is over and I’m coming to grips with it.

"These were the words of the 38-year-old Hilton businessman who was confirmed positive with South Africa' s first case of Covid-19 on Thursday.

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06 Mar 2020

Songtian speaking about Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize: I like him, he keeps his eyes close to China and the world.

We have one case, no need to panic.

06 Mar 2020

We need to recognise, identify and isolate immediately. This coronavirus is curable - Ambassador.

06 Mar 2020

The outbreak is almost out of control, that is why there's a lockdown. It is an unexpected virus. The serious problem is that there aren't symptoms immediately, says Songtian. 

06 Mar 2020

No more tourism (for China), the price we pay is very hard, says ambassador.

06 Mar 2020

Now is not the right time for international travel, says Songtian.

06 Mar 2020

On one hand we are concerned about coronavirus spreading, on the other hand, economic development.

It (coronavirus) will have an impact on our economic recovery. We need to share the responsibility, says Songtian.

06 Mar 2020

Songtian says major parties in SA have showed us support during the fight against the epidemic. And solidarity. We appreciate it so much.

06 Mar 2020

Dettol, garlic and fake cases in North West, Cape: Debunking the hoaxes, lies around coronavirus

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06 Mar 2020

If you know you are infected and you are travelling, you are the criminal in China. 

06 Mar 2020

Songtian says various studies have revealed:

- First human ingestion should have happened before November 2019, meaning that virus was spread to China.

- Coronavirus may have been in Italy for weeks before China.

- Many spread in Italy two weeks before case in China.

06 Mar 2020

Songtian says study by scientists from Europe, US and Japan shows that the source of Covid-19 remains unclear. He says they are aware of people saying the virus "is made in China", but unfortunately that is not true. 

06 Mar 2020

He says life in China will soon go back to normal as the country is committed to doing away with the virus  ASAP. 

06 Mar 2020

We are ready to fight, to work together with the world, whoever needs our support - Ambassador.

06 Mar 2020

All country interests are intertwined, no country can fight this alone - Ambassador. 
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