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Two South African citizens working on a Japanese cruise ship who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) are being treated and will only be allowed to travel after being cleared, health department spokesperson Lwazi Manzi said on Friday

This comes after the South African government was made aware by Japanese authorities through the South African embassy in Tokyo that there were 12 South African crew members working on board the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship when it was affected by COVID-19.

In a statement, the Department of Health said that the remaining 10 will be permitted to disembark the ship as per the instructions of their employer after they tested negative for coronavirus. They will be subjected to a further 14-day quarantine in Japan and will then be tested thereafter to determine if they will be cleared to travel.

“South Africa will continue to monitor the situation closely and maintain contact with the government of Japan in order to keep the public informed,” read the statement.

Last night, the Presidency announced that South Africans living in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province and the epicentre of the novel coronavirus, will be repatriated.

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Meanwhile, the Department of Health in Nigeria has confirmed the first case of coronavirus, making it the third country in Africa after Egypt and Algeria to report a case of the disease which was first detected in China last December.

The revelation was made via the State’s verified Twitter account on Friday morning.

“The Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in Lagos State, Nigeria,” read the tweet.

“The case, which was confirmed on 27 February 2020, is the first case to be reported in Nigeria since the beginning of the outbreak in China.”

The department has called a media briefing in its headquarters in the capital Abuja.

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Author: ANA Newswire