A third confirmed case of the potentially fatal COVID-19 has been reported by the Department of Health. In a statement the department confirmed today that the wife of the first South African within the country to test positive for the virus, has also been diagnosed with Coronavirus.
The couple were a part of a group of 10 who travelled to Italy recently before returning to South Africa.
“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 the group of ten. 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,” stated Minister of Health Dr Zwelini Mkhize.
The department announced that all 10 of the travellers have been traced as 9 of them are currently in the country. However, six of them still await their COVID-19 test results.
“We expect the results of the other six group members who had travelled to Italy within the next 48 hours,” said Minister Mkhize.
“This morning, I had an opportunity to speak to the first confirmed patient. 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,” explained the minister.
Although, the couple’s children have tested negative for the virus they have been placed under quarantine while their parents undergo treatment.
“It is important to advise the public that the couple’s children were tested and their results have come out negative. However, as part of taking extra precautions, these children will remain in self quarantine until their parents have tested negative. At that point, they will also be tested to ensure that they remain negative,” explained Dr Mkhize.
“Until then they will be regarded as potentially infected. This means they will not attend school. This is in an effort to curb the risk of spread to other children and teachers,” he added. -Nomaqhawe Mtebele