DURBAN NEWS: Residents of Chatsworth are in a state of panic as messages claiming that a coronavirus Covid-19 case has been confirmed in the township south of Durban.
TimesLIVE reports that the family of the Chatsworth man is the first person to have tested positive for the novel coronavirus Covid-19 and have been placed in self-isolation. It is understood that the patient had been admitted to RK Khan Hospital last week with flu-like symptoms.
Now that the case has been confirmed the Chatsworth man was transferred to the Grey’s Hospital located in Pietermaritzburg. This is a state facility that has been designated as a treatment centre for Covid-19 and under recovery.
Ward councillor calls for calm
Ward councillor Previn Vedan speaking to TimesLIVE on Monday said that the man’s family and neighbours were in quarantine at their homes and are waiting to be tested.
Vedan appealed for calm in the community.
“With something like this, there is always panic. We want people to keep calm and follow the directives of the lockdown.”
He warned residents to stop circulating pictures and personal information of the man and his family.
“Going to his look at his house and circulating fake information is not going to help the situation. It’s just going to make people more tense,” said Vedan.
There’s currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
- Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
- Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze
- Avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell
- Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell
- Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean.