SA In High Alert After Suspected Coronavirus Cases In The Neighboring Botswana. The government of Botswana has reported 4 more suspect cases of coronavirus since the first suspected case was reported on Thursday.
The 5 cases were picked up at different times and have been isolated at a designated health facility awaiting laboratory results. The suspected cases presented symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection such as fever, coughing, fatigue, and headache.ned at points of entry for diagnosis and treatment.
This has been a high concern as there is a lot of traveling between South Africa and Botswana. Having noted that, the risk of infection with the novel coronavirus in South Africa is currently very low.
Possible suspected cases, as defined by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), are tested and placed in precautionary isolation.
“If you feel ill and have been to China in the past few weeks or have had contact with someone who was there, please seek medical attention urgently, stating clearly your exposure and symptoms,” read the fact sheet.
Common hygiene practices can minimise your risk of infection or spreading the disease to others:
– Frequently wash your hands using alcohol-based hand sanitisers or soap and water;
By Friday morning, at least 213 people had died in China and almost 10 000 cases of the virus had been reported.