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Two South Africans test positive for coronavirus

They were among 12 others working on a cruise ship in Japan

In Summary

• The cruise ship, which had a capacity of at least 3,700 people, was quarantined for four weeks.

• They are receiving treatment in Japan, however, have shown no symptoms. 

Medical staff carry a box as they walk at the Jinyintan Hospital in China.
WORKING IN JAPAN: Medical staff carry a box as they walk at the Jinyintan Hospital in China.
Image: REUTERS

Two South Africans residing in Japan have tested positive for coronavirus.

They were working on a cruise ship. 

According to news website Listwand, the South African government was informed by authorities in the embassy in Tokyo of 12 South Africans who were working on the Diamond Princess Cruise ship.

The cruise ship, which had a capacity of at least 3,700 people, was quarantined for four weeks. This is after a passenger who had disembarked in Hong Kong tested positive for coronavirus late in January. 

Listwand reports the two south Africans – despite testing positive for the virus –have no showing symptoms. The two are receiving treatment in Japan.

The virus, which was first officially identified on January 7, has so far registered a death toll of more than 2,900 and has struck at least 30 countries. Cases have been reported in Europe, Australia, Africa, and the Middle East. 

While the World Health Organization has declared the epidemic a public health emergency of international dimensions, the virus has already made its way in Africa with countries like Algeria, Nigeria and Egypt confirming these cases. 

In Kenya, a few scares have been reported and at least 17 people tested for the virus on suspicion of infection. They all tested negative.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday created a task force to assess the country's preparedness to deal with coronavirus. 

Edited by R.Wamochie