The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has confirmed South Africa’s first coronavirus (COVID-19) case in the country.

The patient is a 38-year-old male who travelled to Italy with his wife.

The patient consulted a private general practitioner on March 3, with symptoms of fever, headache, malaise, a sore throat and a cough.

The patient has been self-isolating since March 3. The couple also has two children.

The tracer team has been deployed to KwaZulu-Natal with epidemiologists and clinicians from NICD. The doctor has been self-isolated as well.

SABC reports on the first case of COVID-19 in South Africa

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