The number of coronavirus cases in the country is revised, South Africans in Wuhan are coming home; and panic sets in as markets head deeper into the red.
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WRAP FROM THE BRIEFING:
1.Positive tests in SA have risen to 24. That’s 8 new cases.
2.It’s all systems go at The Ranch Resort.
3. The hotel is now on lock down. No one allowed in.
4.Time of departure and arrival of the Wuhan plane can’t be disclosed.
5. President Ramaphosa has called for a meeting on Sunday.
Old Mutual staffer tests positive
Old Mutual has confirmed that one of its employees has tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from abroad.
The company would not disclose where in South Africa the person is located but said the employee was told not to return to the office for another 21 days, in line with its international travel policy.
In a statement, the financial institution said the staff member was not in contact with any Old Mutual clients or employees at his workplace.
“Old Mutual followed the protocols prescribed by the SA Government and they tracked all the individuals who met with the Old Mutual employee outside of the workplace to arrange their self-quarantine. The employee is currently undergoing the necessary medical treatment.”
Some Absa staff in self-quarantine amid coronavirus scare
Absa has introduced precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at its headquarters in Johannesburg, this after a contractor from Spain displayed “flu-like” symptoms.
The group on Thursday issued a statement that several of its employees had been placed in self-quarantine after having come into contact with the contractor at the Absa Towers West.