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Two people have been tested in Graaff-Reinet for the Coronavirus, Eastern Cape Health Department Spokesperson Siyanda Manana confirmed to the Graaff-Reinet Advertiser this morning (17 March).
The results of the tests are not yet available.
According to Manana, a local man and his sister recently travelled to Germany, and were tested at Midland Hospital as a precautionary measure. "They are not exhibiting any symptoms, and this is just a precautionary measure," Manana said. He added that the patients are self-isolating.
"This is not cause for panic," Manana urged. "Graaff-Reinet, and in fact the entire Eastern Cape, has the capability of dealing with any [Coronavirus] situation."
Many people across South Africa are being tested for the virus and then prove to be virus free. The Eastern Cape Health Department said on Monday (16 March) that 28 people have tested negative for coronavirus in the Eastern Cape since the outbreak of the virus.
The public is advised to call the coronavirus hotline on 0800 029 999 with any suspected cases of corona, or to report or obtain information relevant to the pandemic. People can also phone their doctor or a clinic should they be concerned about flu-like symptoms. The main Covid19 symptoms are a fever, coughing and shortness of breath.
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