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This is where in KZN, coronavirus patient is from

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Durban – Officials have confirmed that the first South African who tested positive for the coronavirus is a resident from the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize confirmed on Thursday that the 38-year-old resident tested positive for the virus and had put himself in self-quarantine. He had returned to South Africa recently after a trip to Italy.

The Health Ministry said the man consulted a private doctor on March 3 with symptoms of fever, headache, malaise, a sore throat and a cough.

The necessary testing was done and Nasopharyngeal swab were taken from the patient and tested.

Teams from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases were contacted and they confirmed that the man had in fact tested positive for corona.

It is believed that the doctor who treated the man has also been put into quarantine.

At this stage, the Department of Health has deployed tracer teams to the area, along with epidemiologists and clincians from the NICD.

In a message posted on a local Facebook group and purported to be from the man’s wife, it states, “We have been home in quarantine since Tuesday. The kids and I don’t have symptoms but will be tested. We are trying to deal with all of this, obviously it is a big shock as we didn’t for one minute thing he had the virus.”

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In a media briefing, Mkhize said the teams will be tracking down those people who were in close contact with the patient. This, Mkhize said, will include those on the airplanes that he travelled on and others who he may have come into contact with.

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Skeem Saam’s Koko Mantsha death dismissed as fake news

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Koko Mantsha, the popular Skeem Saam character acto, real name, Lydia Mokgokoloshi is not dead.

Social media is awash with news of her death which seems to have been fuelled by fake news sites aiming to profit from unsuspecting lovers of the 80 year-old veteran actress.

Lydia Mokgokoloshi, has appeared in many television shows including Muvhango and Bophelo ke semphego.

Mokgokoloshi was born on 27 September 1939, in Polokwane, Polokwane Local Municipality, Capricorn District Municipality, Limpopo.

She is most famous for acting as Koko Mantsha the grandmother of Katlego Pietersen (Patrick Seleka) in the soap, Skeem Saam.

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Watch: Thulani Dlomo an alleged ‘Zuma spy’, hands himself in

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Thulani Dlomo, the axed former SSA top spy and former SA ambassador to Japan has handed himself over to police on Friday.

Dlomo’s lawyer Philani Shangase said that he handed himself over at his own will at the Durban Central Police station on Friday.

He said Dlomo was not arrested but wanted to clear his name following media reports.

Dlomo was being interviewed by police officers at 17h00 on Friday.

“He has denied all wrong doing,” Shangase said.

Dlomo was suspected to be one of the instigators of the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

This is a developing story.

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Residents warned against consuming dead fish washing up at Umhlanga and Umdloti beaches – video

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The eThekwini Municipality has sent out a warning to residents against collecting and consuming dead fish and crayfish that have washed up on the beaches of Umhlanga and Umdloti, north of Durban.

The public has been asked to refrain from fishing, surfing and swimming on the beaches after a video of the dead fish on the beaches emerged on social media.

The municipality said it was investigating what caused the marine life to die.

“It is considered serious and can affect one’s health if collected and consumed.”

According to reports, run-off water and chemicals reached the ocean through storm water drains after firefighters battled a blaze at a chemical plant at Cornubia started by looters on Tuesday.

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“The public is advised to refrain from all recreational activities, including fishing or surfing, bait collection and picking up of dead species in this area,” said the municipality.

“Collecting or harvesting of any marine living resource in the area is temporarily prohibited until the cause is determined and the threat has abated.

“Authorities are investigating the source of the pollution and cleanup companies are trying to contain the spill.”

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