Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
2 minute read
6 Mar 2020
6:00 am

Coronavirus has landed in SA… what happens next?

Sipho Mabena

South Africa has its first confirmed case of Covid-19 – a 38-year-old KZN man who recently returned from a trip to Italy – but government insists it has measures in place to deal with an outbreak.

The emergence of the first Covid-19, or coronavirus, patient in South Africa has brought into sharp focus the country’s crumbling health system, as well as the high burden of HIV and tuberculosis. But government has called for calm. Following months of heightened vigilance at the country’s entry points to keep coronavirus out, South Africa has its first positive case, in KwaZulu-Natal, and now authorities are gearing for a massive drive to fight the virus within the country’s borders. ALSO READ: Covid-19 in SA heaps pressure on govt, health minister – analyst The National Institute for Communicable Diseases confirmed yesterday a...