President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned against the spread of fake news as yet another case of coronavirus is confirmed in the country.
The President addressed the media during the ANC Women’s League’s Inaugural Presidential Golf Day and Gala Dinner.
The event raises fund for the fight against gender-based violence. Ramaphosa vowed to keep the communication channels open.
In a video below, President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the media about the coronavirus:
Ramaphosa says, “The government will keep our people informed at all times. We did say that we will be transparent. We will let people know the important thing. Here is to avoid fake news spreading of false information. We need to be very careful in the way that we communicate about this matter. We must be responsible because we are dealing with a matter that can cause panic in society and we don’t want to do that.”
Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize on Saturday confirmed South Africa’s second case of coronavirus in a statement.
The patient is a 39-year-old woman from Gauteng who came into contact with the first confirmed case from KwaZulu-Natal.
In the video below, Minister Zweli Mkhize gives an update:
Mkhize says the woman has been admitted into a medical facility and that all remaining members of the travel group have been located and quarantined in their homes pending their test results.
The Democratic Alliance has, meanwhile, commended the Department of Health for its quick response to locate the nine people who travelled with the man who was diagnosed with the virus in KwaZulu-Natal earlier this week.
DA Spokesperson on Health, Siviwe Gwarube, says, “It is encouraging to see that the department has identified all the 10 passengers who travelled together, because it is clear that they should be tested as a matter of urgency, to ensure that they are not in contact with other people and with third parties.”
Below is a Live Tracking of the cases, death toll and other information: