Third COVID-19 case in South Africa confirmed

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South Africa has confirmed the third COVID-19 case, said Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Sunday.

The third patient is the wife of SA’s first coronavirus patient.

“This morning we have received results of the direct contact of the first patient, his wife. She had also travelled with him to Italy as part of a group of 10,” said Mkhize in a statement, ” I now wish to advise the public that she has tested positive for COVID-19 and is therefore the third confirmed case in South Africa.”

The couple’s children were tested and their results have come out negative.

He said the government has traced all the 10 members in the group in which nine of them has returned to South Africa. “We expect the results of the other six group members who had travelled to Italy within the next 48 hours,” he said.

According to the minister, the first patient is recovering well.

“He was upbeat and jovial. I also spoke to the doctor who is treating him. She confirmed that this patient is responding well and is now asymptomatic. At the right time, as determined by the treating doctors, the patient will be retested to check his recovery progress,” Mkhize said.

The minister said the department will explain to the public the clinical observations and guidelines that are recommended to be followed in instances of asymptomatic patients.

These guidelines will be based on the World Health Organization’s guidelines and treatment methodology and disease management approaches that countries like China, which has presented a very high recovery rate, have used in dealing with asymptomatic patients. Enditem

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