Two South Africans Test Positive For Coronavirus

Two South Africans Test Positive For Coronavirus
Health workers wearing protective gear handle coronavirus patient, Kem Senou Pavel Daryl, inside an isolation ward. Daryl is one of few people to beat the deadly virus after contracting the disease in Wuhan

Two South Africans Test Positive For Coronavirus

Two South African nationals working aboard a cruise ship quarantined at sea have contracted coronavirus, according to the country’s health ministry.

Two South Africans Test Positive For Coronavirus
Health workers wearing protective gear handle coronavirus patient, Kem Senou Pavel Daryl, inside an isolation ward. Daryl is one of few people to beat the deadly virus after contracting the disease in Wuhan

The BBC reports that South Africa’s health ministry quoted Japanese officials as saying the two patients were not outwardly displaying symptoms of the virus but were being treated in Japan.

The vessel had at least 3,700 people on board, South Africa’s authorities said in a statement.

When a passenger, who disembarked in Hong Kong, tested positive for the virus at the end of January, the ship was quarantined for a four-week period, the statement added.

Ten other South African crew members are still on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship, and won’t be allowed to disembark until they pass a two-week quarantine period and test negative for the virus.

Passengers are being prioritised for disembarking before the crew, the South African health ministry said quoting the cruise company.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday that the world is at a “decisive point” in the battle against COVID-19. The disease has continued to spread to new countries, spooking global financial markets. The coronavirus has now killed 54 people in 44 countries outside China and still has “pandemic potential,” Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference in Geneva. “If you act aggressively now you can contain this virus,” he said.

Just yesterday the Vice President of Iran for Women and Family Affairs, Masoumeh Ebtekar became the 254th person to be infected with the virus in the Middle Eastern nation, where 26 people have been killed by the outbreak.

Iran’s deputy health minister, Iraj Harirchi, was confirmed to have the coronavirus on Tuesday, barely 24 hours after he denied covering up the scale of the outbreak in his country. He appeared in physical discomfort and was profusely sweating as he spoke to reporters on Monday.

The novel coronavirus was first reported in China in December last year and has since frog-jumped into 48 more countries killing thousands of people mostly in mainland China. As of February 28, the death toll in the world stands at over 2 800 deaths, with more than 82 000 confirmed cases of infections. In China alone, the coronavirus has killed 2,788 people and infected more than 78 000 people.

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