The Western Cape government will brief the media about its readiness to address the coronavirus.
CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Health Department says it's not a matter of "if" COVID-19 hits South Africa, but "when".
Officials are confident the province has the necessary systems in place to deal with it.
They have outlined the province’s plan to address COVID-19.
This comes after the first patient in Sub-Saharan Africa was diagnosed with the virus in Nigeria.
The first case is expected to come from the airports and emergency medical services have been briefed on what to do.
“They’ll bring the patient in, in a safe way and we will isolate the patient immediately," said Dr Jantjie Taljaard, an infectious disease specialist.
"Testing will be done to determine whether the patient has COVID-19 or not.”
In South Africa, there have been no confirmed cases.
In the Western Cape, there have been 32 suspected cases, none of which turned out to be the coronavirus.
A suspected case will be someone who’s presenting flu-like symptoms like a cough and a fever, who has had contact with potential carriers or recently travelled to countries where the virus has been transmitted.
Thermal scanning as a monitoring tool at Cape Town International Airport is one of the measures in place.
A provincial joint operations command centre has also been set up to manage communication about the disease between different departments.