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A COVID-19 Corona Virus Website

This post provides the direct link to access the official South Africa, SA COVID-19 Website where you get full information regarding COVID-19 Updates in South Africa, Self-Isolation vs Quarantine, What is COVID 19, Who is most at risk?, How is it transmitted?, symptoms of COVID-19, How is COVID 19 treated?, How you can prevent infection, and what is done in South Africa.

About COVID-19

On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, China. ‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2’ (SARS-CoV-2) was confirmed as the causative agent of what we now know as ‘Coronavirus Disease 2019’ (COVID-19). Since then, the virus has spread to more than 100 countries, including South Africa.

What is COVID-19?

Human Coronaviruses are common throughout the world. There are many different coronaviruses identified in animals but only a small number of these can cause disease in humans.

On 7 January 2020, ‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2’ (SARS-CoV-2) was confirmed as the causative agent of ‘Coronavirus Disease 2019’ or COVID-19. The majority of the case-patients initially identified were dealers and vendors at a seafood, poultry and live wildlife market in China. Since then, the virus has spread to more than 100 countries, including South Africa.

Who is most at risk?

Currently, travellers to areas where there is ongoing sustained transmission of COVID-19 including Mainland China (all provinces), Hong Kong, Japan, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan, Italy and the Islamic Republic of Iran are at greatest risk of infection.

Furthermore, the elderly, individuals with co-morbidities and healthcare workers have been found to be at a higher risk of death.

How is it transmitted?

While the first cases probably involved exposure to an animal source, the virus now seems to be spreading from person-to-person.

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The spread of the disease is thought to happen mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. Thus far, the majority of cases have occurred in people with close physical contact to cases and healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or fever.

The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is still not fully clear. Reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.

How is COVID-19 treated?

Treatment is supportive (providing oxygen for patients with shortness of breath or treating a fever, for example). To date, there is no specific antiviral treatment available. Antibiotics do not treat viral infections. However, antibiotics may be required if a bacterial secondary infection develops.

How can you prevent infection?

The following can provide protection against infection from Coronaviruses and many other viruses that are more common in South Africa:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay at home when you are sick and try and keep a distance from others at home.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a flexed elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

What we are doing in South Africa?

Fever screenings are in place at international airports. If there is a suspected case, procedures are in place for case isolation as well as rapid specimen collection and transport so that the diagnosis can quickly be made. Suspected cases will be managed at designated hospitals with isolation facilities. Protocols are in place for follow up of case contacts to ensure that the virus does not spread.

SA COVID-19 Contact Address.

If you want to talk to us we would love to hear from you!

Official Toll Free Call Center.
0800 029 999

Clinicians Hotline:
082 883 9920

Official WhatsApp Help Service

Send HI to 0600 123 456 on WhatsApp.
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Designated Hospitals for Managing the COVID-19 Cases

Province Designated Hospital Designated Referral Hospital
Limpopo Polokwane Hospital
Mpumalanga Rob Ferreira Hospital
Gauteng Charlotte Maxeke Hospital
Steve Biko Hospital
Thembisa Hospital
Charlotte Maxeke Hospital
KwaZulu-natal Greys Hospital
North West Klerksdorp Hospital
Free State Pelonomi Hospital
Northern Cape Kimberley Hospital
Eastern cape Livingston Hospital
Western Cape Tygerberg Hospital Tygerberg Hospital

Please note, this list is constantly updating and is not final.

Media Liasion Officers Database

Communications Stella Ndabeni- Abrahams Nthabeleng Dlamini 073 222 5522
012 427 8010
082 469 3997
Agriculture, Land reform and Rural development Toko Didiza Reggie Ngcobo 082 883 2458
Sports, Arts and culture Nathi Mthethwa Masechaba Ndlovu 0124413630
Basic Education Angie Motshekga Hope Mokgatlhe 012 357 4035/ 079 817 0427
Cooperative governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Mlungisi Mtshali 082088 5060
Justice and Correctional services Ronald Lamola Crispin Phiri 081 781 2261
Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula Joy Peter 012 355 5832
082 990 0407
International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor Lunga Ngqengelele
082 566 0446
Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel Sidwell Medupe 079 492 1774
012 394 1565
Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe Nathi David Shabangu 073 852 1922
Environment, Fisheries and Forestry Barbara Creecy Albi Modise 083 490 2871
Public Service and Administration Senzo Mchunu Vukani Mbhele 083 307 8964
Health Zweli Mkhize Dr Lwazi Manzi 0826788979
Home Affairs Dr Aaron Motsoaledi Siya Qoza 082 898 1657
Higher Education, science and Technology Blade Nzimande Ishmael Mnisi 072 566 0827
Small Business Development Khumbudzo Ntshavheni Sarah Mokwebo
(Chief of Staff & Act MLO)
073 137 3505
Social Development Lindiwe Zulu Sharlene Naiker 082 673 5849
Police Beki Cele Lirandzu Themba 082 884 7106
Presidency Jackson Mthembu Nonceba Mhlauli 072 623 3462
Public Enterprise Pravin Gordhan Sam Mkokeli 082 084 2051
Finance Tito Mboweni Mashudu Masutha-Rammutle
066 040 8581
Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia De Lille Zara Nicholson 079 416 5996
State Security Ayanda Dlodlo Mava Scott 076 095 2350
Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane Hlengiwe Nhlabathi  064 754 8426
Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi Sabelo Mali 012 337 1997
082 729 5804
Transport Fikile Mbalula Ayanda Allie Paine 074 823 7979
Human settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu Sputnik Ratau 082 874 2942
Ministry in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Maite Nkoana-Mashabane Mmabatho Ramompi 076 480 3513
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