South Africa reports first case of local transmission of coronavirus

Published March 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Reuters

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s health ministry on Thursday reported the first case of local transmission of the coronavirus, saying a 32-year-old man had contracted it after coming into contact with a Chinese businessman.

“All others (cases) have been by patients who had traveled abroad,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that the number of confirmed cases had risen to 17 from 13 on Wednesday.

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