South Africa’s COVID-19 Cases Driven by High Transmission in Europe
All 13 of the coronavirus cases reported in South Africa so far are people who recently traveled to Europe.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says the confirmed cases are an indication of the high transmission rate in European countries.
On Wednesday, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize revealed six more confirmed cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total to 13. Of the six new people who tested positive for covid-19, four of them are in Gauteng, one in KwaZulu-Natal and one in the Western Cape.
The NICD’s Professor Cheryl Cohen says South Africa’s ability to identify the new cases reflects the country’s rapid response system and preparedness to deal with the novel virus.
Prof Cohen says there’s no sign indication of any transmission between the patients who had traveled abroad and local residents.