WC government says it's prepared to handle Coronavirus

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.

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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.”

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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.

Source
eNCA

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