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eSwatini confirms 10th COVID-19 case

While the country’s ministry of health said that all its cases were mild, many of them had travelled to South Africa.

This handout illustration image obtained February 27, 2020 courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows the coronavirus, COVID-19.  Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - eSwatini has confirmed its 10th COVID-19 case - a 31-year-old woman who works in Gauteng but travelled home on the eve of the lockdown in South Africa.

While the country’s ministry of health said that all its cases were mild, many of them had travelled to South Africa.

Four of the first nine have now tested negative and the other five are either in isolation in hospital or at home.

eSwatini’s newest case confirms the fear that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize expressed when he advised that people should not travel to other provinces and countries on the eve of the lockdown.

The 31-year-old woman from Manzini is employed in Gauteng but she travelled home on 24 March.

Out of the country’s 10 cases, six had travelled to Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

Three had travelled to the US and Italy and one had not travelled but came into contact with people who had travelled to China.

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For official information about COVID-19 from the Department of Health, please click here.