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Limpopo man with high fever cleared of coronavirus, says health dept

By Brenda Masilela Time of article published Feb 5, 2020

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PRETORIA -The Limpopo health department said on Wednesday that a man who

was placed in isolation after displaying a high fever and flu-like symptoms had

tested negative for the coronavirus.

“An

employee at the Groblers Bridge border [between South Africa and Botswana] who

had a high fever was taken for a screening for the coronavirus and was

certified negative,” said Limpopo health department spokesperson Neil

Shikwambana.

Shikwambana told Jacaranda FM the

patient had been isolated at the Modimolle MDR hospital until a diagnosis was

forthcoming. 

Panic had been heightened around the potential for infection

because the man had been in contact with luggage and screening people at the

border, he added. 

Limpopo health MEC Dr Phophi

Ramathuba said the department had deployed professional nurses and

environmental health practitioners at the  border post for monitoring

purposes. 

This comes after the government of

Botswana reported that five cases of suspected coronavirus were registered at

the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport. On Monday, the country's health

ministry cautioned, however, that there were no confirmed cases of the virus as

yet. 

African News Agency 

 

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