South Africa has confirmed its first case of the deadly coronavirus in the country. The patient has been identified to be a 38-year-old male who travelled to Italy. The declaration of the coronavirus was made by South Africa’s health ministry.
The first coronavirus case was identified in South African’s eastern Kwa-Zulu Natal province.
It is regarded as the first case in the southern part of Africa and the latest confirmed case in sub-Saharan Africa after Nigeria and Senegal in the West.
“This morning,… the National Institute for Communicable Diseases confirmed that a suspected case of COVID-19 has tested positive,” Health Minister known as Zweli Mkhize said in a statement.
The patient and his wife were among the 10 people who got back in South Africa from Italy on March 1.
After two days,he visited a private hospital with a fever, headache, sore throat and a cough.
Italy is now known to be the country spreading the coronavirus with the national death toll at 107.
Above 90,000 people have been infected and over 3,000 killed around the world since the virus first emerged in China in December, 2019.