South Africa has detected its first case of the coronavirus. The person detected with the virus is a 38-year-old man who visited Italy with his wife.
This case now brings the number of coronavirus reported cases in Africa to 27. Algeria is worst-affected, with 17 cases, 16 of them in the same family.
The South African couple, who have two children, were part of a group of 10 who returned from Italy on 1 March, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said.
The man and the doctor who checked him are both in self-isolation, he added.
A tracer team had been sent to the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal to identify people who might have been in contact with the man and the doctor, Dr Mkhize said.
For now, South Africa is portraying its detection of the country’s first Covid-19 patient as a sign of success – as proof that the public health systems of the continent’s most developed and sophisticated economy are working as planned.
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