SA is on high alert for the new coronavirus that emerged in China earlier in January, and can detect and contain any cases that may be imported into the country, health minister Zweli Mkhize said on Wednesday.

The rapidly evolving epidemic of the flu-like virus, known as 2019-nCov, had by Wednesday spread from China to more than a dozen countries around the world, including the US, France, Australia and many of China’s neighbours. Chinese authorities had confirmed more than 5,900 cases, and 132 deaths, but experts say the actual number of people who have contracted the virus may be much higher as those with mild symptoms may not have been detected. No cases have yet been confirmed in Africa...

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