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East London records first case of Coronavirus in Eastern Cape

Mar 21, 2020
East London records first case of Coronavirus in Eastern Cape

Port Elizabeth - 'Eastern Cape' was trending on social media on Saturday after the province recorded its first case of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

The province had largely been spared from the pandemic since the first case of Coronavirus was reported in South Africa. On Friday, the Executive Council of the Eastern Cape Provincial Government took a decision to approve a Provincial Integrated Containment plan for COVID19

The Eastern Cape had also announced its preparedness to deal with Coronavirus cases.

According to the Department of Health, the Eastern Cape's first Covid-19 case is a 28-year-old woman, who recently travelled to Germany.

The East London woman is reportedly now in self-isolation and being treated at the identified Covid-19 treatment facilities. It was not immediately clear about the status of those she might have been in contact with since her return from Germany.

"The Eastern Cape government has noted the confirmation of a person who tested positive for Covid19 in the province. This is a person who travelled to Germany recently," said Eastern Cape Premier, Oscar Mabuyane.

"Now that this case has been confirmed, treatment protocols are kicking in with the patient being taken to quarantine.

"We are also tracing all the people that this patient had physical contact with to take them through tests for the virus.

"We are now at a point where all of us must be extra careful and intensify the implementation of prevention measures.

"We wish this patient speedy recovery and we wish the entire medical team that will be working the patient the best of luck."

He said that the province's facilities are ready to provide medical treatment to the patient.

"Members of the public must not panic but must implement every precautionary measure that has been communicated to prevent the spread of this virus," Mabuyane added.

As of Saturday 21 March 2020, South Africa now has 240 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

This means there has been an increase of 38 from Friday’s announcement of 202 cases.

The details of the cases are as follows:

Gauteng: 16

  • A 55 year-old male with pending travel history
  • A 26 year-old male with pending travel history
  • A 34 year-old female with pending travel history
  • A 43 year-old female with pending travel history
  • A 61 year-old male with pending travel history
  • A 6 year-old female with pending travel history
  • A 29 year-old female with pending travel history
  • A 45 year-old female with pending travel history
  • A 64 year-old female with pending travel history
  • A 67 year-old male who travelled to France and Ethiopia
  • A 39 year-old male who travelled to the UK
  • A 72 year-old female who travelled to Belgium and Netherlands
  • A 41 year-old male who travelled to France and Italy
  • A 37 year-old female with pending travel history
  • A 30 year-old female who travelled to the UK and Netherlands
  • A male who travelled to France

 
KwaZulu-Natal: 3

  • A 59 year-old male with pending travel history
  • A 68 year-old male with pending travel history
  • A 26 year-old female who travelled to the UK and USA

 
Eastern Cape: 1

  • A 28 year-old female who travelled to Germany

 
Western Cape: 18

  • A 30 year-old female who travelled to Ireland
  • A 57 year-old female who travelled to Germany and Switzerland
  • A 55 year-old male who travelled to France and Switzerland
  • A 74 year-old female who travelled to the UK
  • A 52 year-old male with pending travel history
  • A 44 year-old male who travelled to USA
  • A 26 year-old female who travelled to the UK
  • A 57 year-old male who travelled to Spain
  • A 36 year-old male who travelled to the UK and France
  • A 40 year-old female with pending travel history
  • A 52 year-old female who travelled to the UK
  • A 48 year-old female who travelled to the UK
  • A 39 year-old male who travelled to Ireland
  • A 36 year-old male with pending travel history
  • A 55 year-old female with pending travel history
  • A 35 year-old male who travelled to Austria and Germany
  • A 65 year-old female who travelled to the UK
  • A 34 year-old male with pending travel history     

 

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