South Africa ready to manage threat of Novel Coronavirus entering the country

The Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize has assured the public that South Africa is prepared for active surveillance, early detection, isolation and case management, contact tracing and prevention of the Novel Coronavirus.

Dr Mkhize was briefing the media in Sandringham, Johannesburg on Wednesday, 29 January on the country’s preparedness to detect, manage and contain any threat of Novel Coronavirus entering the country.

“South Africa currently has no reported or suspected cases. The Department is aware of the cases that have emerged in countries outside of China and is closely tracking the movements of the virus,” said Dr Mkhize.

He added that South Africa has put systems in place to ensure that the virus does not become a national threat.

“As a Department it is standard procedure to monitor emergent outbreaks and we are currently tracking a plethora of pathogens including those viruses of pandemic potential like H5N1 we wish to reassure the public that Coronavirus is no exception,” added Dr Mkhize.

The minister announced that they have put in place Adhock measures to monitor the entrance in 12 Ports of Entry in South Africa to detect ill travelers by conducting temperature screening of all travelers. International aircrafts and ships are also screened for infections.

Special measures have been introduced at OR Tambo International Airport where travelers on direct aircraft from China in the past 14 days are required to complete a questionnaire for possible contact tracing.

Source: Gauteng Province