Western Cape's first coronavirus patient in self-isolation

11 March 2020 - 12:10 By Aron Hyman and Tamar Khan
Western Cape preimer Alan Winde, centre, at a Tygerberg Hospital media conference about the province's first coronavirus case on March 11 2020.
Western Cape preimer Alan Winde, centre, at a Tygerberg Hospital media conference about the province's first coronavirus case on March 11 2020.
Image: Aron Hyman

The Western Cape's first novel coronavirus patient is in self-isolation, two days after arriving in Cape Town from a visit to Europe.

The patient tested positive for the virus after going to a private hospital.

Another three patients are being monitored in Tygerberg Hospital's infectious diseases ward while they await test results.

So far, 80 people in the Western Cape have been tested for the virus.

On Wednesday, health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo and premier Alan Winde addressed journalists at Tygerberg, in Bellville, one of the designated hospitals for infected patients.

Prof Jantjie Taljaard, the hospital's infectious disease specialist, emphasised the importance of containment, saying: “We have a window of opportunity” to slow the spread.

Mbombo encouraged people who were worried to call the national hotline (0800 029 911).

Ward D-10, the infectious diseases ward, will handle the first coronavirus cases in the Western Cape.
Ward D-10, the infectious diseases ward, will handle the first coronavirus cases in the Western Cape.
Image: Aron Hyman

Winde said water restrictions put in place during the drought in the province would be revised to ensure enough water was available for personal hygiene.

Roxanne Rawlins, a South African citizen in Wuhan, gives us a look at living in lockdown in the epicentre of the deadly coronavirus in the Chinese city. Rawlins is one of 184 SA citizens WHO are awaiting repatriation by the SA government.


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