South Africa has confirmed its second case of Coronavirus.
Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize made the announcement on Saturday.
He said the patient is a 39 year old lady who is from Gauteng.
She was a direct contact to the first case from KwaZulu-Natal.
The patient was part of the group of 10 that had travelled to Italy, according to the minister.
“The public must be notified that we have information and know the whereabouts of all the other 10 people who were part of the group that had travelled to Italy.
All those who came back to South Africa, are currently being tested. We are now awaiting their test results to come out.
Since being traced, they have remained in isolation to avoid any further contact with third parties,” the Health Ministry said in statement.
The statement added that health officials “are now following all the protocols that we have already publicly announced to the public in dealing with this case. We will keep the public fully informed on all relevant developments.
Meanwhile another South African has also tested positive in South Korea.
The health ministry statement revealed that “we also wish to notify the public that our embassy has advised us that a 39 year old male South African who works in Daegu, South Korea has also tested positive for COVID-19.
He was due to return to South Africa and has since remained in South Korea. We are now following up with the South Korean authorities firstly to obtain formal confirmation of this case and also the details of where our citizen is being treated.”
Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have now exceeded 40 after more countries recorded new cases on Friday and Saturday.
There are no deaths yet recorded from the confirmed cases.