COVID-19 update and documents for download
South Africa now has 17 confirmed cases, with one patient critical in Gauteng; the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the spread of the virus a pandemic.
Documents for download:
International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) COVID-19 response coordination www.unitingaviation.com/publications/10042-EN/#page=1
The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) Hotline on 0800 029 999 operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day
World Health Organisation (WHO) information centre (WEBPAGE)
COVID-19 in South Africa
The South African Health ministry has confirmed that the number of positive Covid-19 cases in the country has risen to 17, with four more cases confirmed on Thursday and six on Wednesday. This was announced by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Thursday. The cases were identified in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the first for the Western Cape and the Free State. One of the 13 South Africans who tested positive for the coronavirus has an existing chronic disease and is in a critical condition, according the Gauteng health department. The 57-year-old patient suffered from renal disease which the department was worried about, Health MEC Bandile Masuku said. The Free State case is a 32-year-old male who came into contact with a Chinese businessman. This is the first case of local transmission as all others have been by patients who had travelled abroad.
President Cyril Ramaphosa met with the team heading to Wuhan in China to repatriate 122 South African citizens living in Wuhan. The chartered Airbus A340-600 aircraft from the embattled national carrier, SAA, left from OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday, 10 March 2020, at 21h00. The flight crew are from SAA and the medical crew on board are from the SANDF. It stopped over in the Philippines on Wednesday for refuelling, to rest and to restock essential foodstuffs. After the stopover, the aircraft flew on to Wuhan City where it remained for about eight hours. Screenings and checking of required travel documents took place in accordance with ordinary international travel and customs laws. The flight left Wuhan City in the early hours of the morning and is expected to land back in South Africa on Friday, 13 March 2020. No South Africans coming home are showing any symptoms of the COVID-19 virus. The group will be quarantined for 21 days upon their arrival under the supervision of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). The mission costs R25 million.
According to latest information from Johns Hopkins University and Medicine, stats show that more than 126 000 positive cases have been confirmed worldwide, with more than 4 600 deaths. China remains hardest-hit with more nearly 81 000 cases and more than 3 500 deaths. Italy is currently the only other country with more than 10 000 cases, currently just short of 12 500.
Source: News24, WHO