Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane has confirmed the first case of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the Eastern Cape.
“We note the confirmation of a person who tested positive for Covid-19 in the province.
“This is a person who travelled to Germany recently. Now that this case has been confirmed, treatment protocols are kicking in, with the patient being taken to quarantine,” said Mabuyane.
He said they were tracing all the people who came into physical contact with the patient, who comes from the Buffalo City Metro, with the intention to test the potential carriers for the virus.
“We are now at a point where all of us must be extra careful and intensify the implementation of prevention measures.
“We wish this patient a speedy recovery and we wish the entire medical team that will be working the patient the best of luck,” he said.
The premier said the province’s health facilities were ready to provide medical treatment.
“Members of the public must not panic, but must implement every precautionary measure that has been communicated to prevent the spread of this virus,” said Mabuyane.