The KwaZulu-Natal man who was the first South African to test positive for COVID-19 is back in the comfort of his own home, according to premier Sihle Zikalala.
The 38-year-old became the country’s first confirmed coronavirus case when he returned positive results earlier in the month.
‘Patient Zero’ recovers from coronavirus
He had just returned from a ski trip in Italy, the new epicentre of the virus.
Zikalala said that the man and one other patient’s recovery are a sign of hope for the province’s fight against COVID-19.
“This development of the recuperation of the first two patients inspires hope in line with KZN’s coronavirus battle mantra ‘Siyayinqoba (We will conquer) the coronavirus pandemic’.
“This is very important as it dispels fear among our people and confirms that coronavirus is curable through early medical intervention and through people heeding precautions laid out by the government.”Sihle Zikalala