Coronavirus: Planning a trip? Here's what you need to know

Coronavirus: Planning a trip? Here's what you need to know

Government says it won't be imposing any travel bans yet, following South Africa's first confirmed coronavirus case here in KZN.

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This, as governments around the world, scramble to put in place measures to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. 

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says there will be an increased vigilance at ports. 


Earlier in the week - there were reports officials at the Beitbridge border post abandoned their coronavirus screening duties. Mkhize says they have been suspended.

The World Health Organisation has cautioned against non-essential travel.

READ: Coronavirus: How to protect yourself

An increasing number of travel advisories are being issued by countries, urging caution for selected destinations, and discouraging travel to countries experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks.

South African travellers who develop symptoms during or after travel to countries where the outbreak is known to be circulating, have been advised to seek early medical care.

READ: Coronavirus: South Africa confirms first case of COVID-19

From identifying the symptoms associated with coronavirus, to knowing how to get help, here are some recommendation for travellers, from WHO:

  • Travellers who are sick are advised to delay travelling to COVID-19 affected areas.
  • Elderly and people with chronic diseases or underlying health conditions are advised to avoid travelling.
  • It remains particularly important to keep a distance of at least one meter from persons showing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • In an event where symptoms occur, such as fever, or cough or difficulty breathing, travellers are advised to contact local health care providers to inform them of their symptoms and their travel history.
  • All travellers should avoid contact with sick people and clean their hands frequently.
  • Travellers must to follow proper food hygiene practices to reduce the risk of transmission of emerging pathogens from animals to human in live markets.

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