FS Health Dept: Pelonomi Hospital ready to admit COVID-19 patients

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced that a 32-year-old Free State man came into contact with a person who returned from abroad.

This handout illustration image obtained 27 February 2020 courtesy of the National Institutes of Health taken with a transmission electron microscope shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the US, as virus particles are shown emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab - the spikes on the outer edge of the virus particles give coronaviruses their name, crown-like. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Free State Health Department said the Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein was well-equipped and ready to admit COVID-19 patients.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Thursday morning that the country now had 16 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

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“We have escalated our state of preparedness from equipment, to personnel in the eventuality that should we have to admit a patient, we are able to receive that patient inline with NICD guidelines and the WHO. And we are sure, should we receive a patient, we should be able to dispense our responsibility, accordingly,” said the provincial Health Department's Mondli Mvambi.

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