Streaming issues? Report here
CapeTalk logo 2017 1500 x 1500 CapeTalk logo 2017 1500 x 1500
Weekend Early
03:00 - 06:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: Weekend Breakfast with Sara-Jayne King
See full line-up
Weekend Early
03:00 - 06:00
Home
arrow_forward
Local
fiber_manual_record
World

NICD: South Africa's covid-19 cases driven by high transmission in Europe

11 March 2020 1:29 PM
Tags:
Europe
NCID
Covid 19
cornonavirus in SA
coronavirus transmission

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.

RELATED: Officials tracking down locals who were exposed to WC covid-19 patient

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.

She maintains that there is still no need for South Africans to panic.

The fact that we had identified these 6 [new] cases, all returning travelers.

Prof. Cheryl Cohen, Head of Centre for Respiratory Diseases - NCID

It reflects the ability of our system to be able to detect and identify cases in travellers.

Prof. Cheryl Cohen, Head of Centre for Respiratory Diseases - NCID

There's quite a lot of transmission in different countries in Europe. It reflects what's going in Europe.

Prof. Cheryl Cohen, Head of Centre for Respiratory Diseases - NCID

Listen to the lastest on The Midday Report:




11 March 2020 1:29 PM
Tags:
Europe
NCID
Covid 19
cornonavirus in SA
coronavirus transmission

More from Local

UCT surgeons use holographic helmet to perform shoulder replacement surgery

5 March 2021 6:12 PM

Shoulder and Elbow Unit head at Groote Schuur, Stephen Roche explains the groundbreaking procedure.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Reserve Bank considers creating SA-only cards to take on Visa and Mastercard

5 March 2021 2:58 PM

The South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) is assessing the feasibility of creating a domestic card scheme to rival Visa and Mastercard.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

NPA: We are unaware of Markus Jooste balance sheet fraud charges in Germany

5 March 2021 1:46 PM

NPA spokesperson Sipho Ngwema says the reports emanated from one particular magazine.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

SAPS diving team joins hunt for escaped crocodiles in nighttime operation

5 March 2021 1:44 PM

CapeNature says the crocodiles that escaped from a breeding farm outside Bonnievale can only be recaptured at nightfall.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

VACCINE WRAP | Frontliners turned away at Tygerberg site, WC hits over 15k jabs

5 March 2021 12:55 PM

CapeTalk gives you a round-up of the latest vaccine news every week.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Online dating: 'WhatsApping is not communicating when you don't know somebody'

5 March 2021 12:21 PM

Shannon Davidoff Matchmaker And Life Coach at Perfect Partners says it can be a fantasy that you get carried away with.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Ready for Zuma Part 2? Duduzane Zuma sends clear message of leadership intent

5 March 2021 11:51 AM

The son of the former president appears to be continuing to indicate that he's eyeing the country's top job in 2024.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Flu shots will help lessen Covid and flu double infection surge in third wave

5 March 2021 11:10 AM

Head Of Infectious Diseases at UCT, Prof Marc Mendelson talk to John Maytham about the 'double-whammy' of Covid-19 and flu.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Coming2America star Nomzamo Mbatha joins Sara-Jayne King on Weekend Breakfast

5 March 2021 10:30 AM

Weekend Breakfast host Sara-Jayne King chats to South African actress Nomzamo Mbatha on Saturday's show.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Which services are now available at Home Affairs under Level 1 lockdown?

5 March 2021 9:33 AM

The Minister of Home Affairs has announced which services the Department of Home Affairs will be re-instating under Level 1.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

More from World

At height of 80s AIDS pandemic this woman sat with shunned and dying men

5 March 2021 3:05 PM

A woman living in Arkansas in the mid-1980s describes how she found herself thrust into the heart of the rising AIDS pandemic.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

NPA: We are unaware of Markus Jooste balance sheet fraud charges in Germany

5 March 2021 1:46 PM

NPA spokesperson Sipho Ngwema says the reports emanated from one particular magazine.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

'Genius' new app buys you shares in the company you're shopping at

4 March 2021 8:53 PM

Grifin is launching in the US, but it's an idea floated by SA's EasyEquities six years ago. Could this drive the necessary buy-in?

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Bacteria can become resistant to sanitisers

4 March 2021 1:35 PM

A team of researchers from the University of Free State is putting this to the test.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Dolly Parton gets taste of own medicine, sings about vaccine while getting jab

4 March 2021 12:15 PM

Parton last year donated $1 million to vaccine research supporting the development of the Moderna vaccine.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

SA firm named in Amnesty report on war crimes in Mozambique

3 March 2021 1:23 PM

A report by Amnesty is accusing both the government and the al-Shabaab linked insurgents of war crimes against civilians.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Adventurer Zirk Botha completes solo row from Cape Town to Rio in record time

1 March 2021 3:59 PM

Extreme adventurer Zirk Botha completed his solo transatlantic ocean crossing from Cape Town to Brazil in a record 70 days.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

And now for some Marvel-ous local news: SA author teams up with Marvel comics

1 March 2021 12:42 PM

Mohale Mashigo is part of a 7-strong team who've worked on the Marvel Voices: Legacy #1 for Black History Month.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

UK nearing 'landmark' figure of 20m receiving first dose of Covid-19 vaccine

28 February 2021 3:10 PM

The ambitious vaccination plan has turned polls around in favour of PM Boris Johnson, reports UK correspondent Gavin Grey.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

[WATCH] School band beats Covid fears with rehearsals in pop-up tents

28 February 2021 2:10 PM

Members of a US high school marching band aren't letting Covid-19 stop the music. They're social distancing in individual 'pods'.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward