South Africa’s coronavirus toll hits three

The wife of South Africa ’ s first novel coronavirus patient tested positive on Sunday becoming the third confirmed case in the country , the health authority said .

All three of South Africa ’ s confirmed cases were in a group of 10 people who had travelled to Italy, the health minister said in a statement .

Medical workers wearing protective gear carry a patient infected with the COVID – 19 coronavirus at a hospital in Chuncheon on February 22, 2020 . –

Italy has seen the most deaths from the COVID – 19 disease of any country outside China , where the outbreak that has now killed more than 3 , 500 people and infected over 105 , 000 worldwide began in December .

Authorities said they had successfully traced all the individuals who went to Italy , although one of the group was not in South Africa .

The test results of the other six group members were expected within 48 hours.

South Africa reported its first case on Thursday . On Sunday the health ministry reported that the patient was now “ upbeat and jovial ”, and asymptomatic .

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