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The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, to date has conducted 42 tests for the coronavirus and all results have come back negative.

As of 07 February 2020, the NICD confirms that there is no positive case of the 2019-nCoV in South Africa. It is important to note that the collection and testing of samples from individuals with symptoms is normal and demonstrates effective surveillance of the coronavirus.

NICD caution the public against rumours and misinformation concerning the coronavirus; the public can access information from the National Department of Health, the World Health Organization and the NICD communication platforms.

To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the NICD recommends good practice of hand hygiene, cough etiquette and avoiding contact with animals when in a high-risk country, and adhering to the following:

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  • Avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
  • Practice frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment.
  • Avoid visiting markets where live animals are sold.
  • Travellers with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing and wash hands).
  • Health practitioners should provide travellers with information to reduce the general risk of acute respiratory infections, via travel health clinics, travel agencies, conveyance operators and at points of entry. Travellers should self-report if they feel ill.

For more information, the public can access the NICD website on www.nicd.ac.za or call the toll-free number on 0800 029 999

Source : NICD

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