South African first coronavirus patients speaks out,Reveals more about the Deadly disease.

“I believe I’ m on the path to recovery and am feeling much better than I was a few days ago. I remain in self-isolation until I have been given the all-clear. I trust the worst is over and I’m coming to grips with it.”

These were the words of the 38-year-old Hilton businessman who was confirmed positive with South Africa’ s first case of Covid-19 on Thursday.

The father of two spoke exclusively to The Witness last night from his home at an upmarket estate in Hilton, after Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced earlier that the country had recorded its first case of the virus.

The announcement set off a flurry of rumours and incorrect speculation on social media that shopping centres in Hilton had been quarantined, that the patient was from Durban and that his two children who attend Cowan House Preparatory School had also tested positive, among others.

The man, who asked not to be named, said he, his wife and eight friends returned from a skiing trip to Livigno, northern Italy, on Sunday, March 1. They had left on February 21, flying from King Shaka airport to Dubai, then to Zurich and on to a ski resort in Livigno, returning the same way.

He said he could not pinpoint where and how he got infected, but suspected it could have been on the way to or from Livigno. The man confirmed that the others in their group had since been isolated and were being tested, as well as his wife and sons.

“I started feeling a bit ill with usual flu-like symptoms on Sunday evening. It got progressively worse on Monday. On Tuesday morning, I saw the doctor here in Hilton. She was actually quite vigilant and said that because I had been to a highly-infected area [Italy] and had travelled, I should get a swab test done. So I did on Tuesday by mid-day and was told I would get my results in 48 hours’ time. The pathology lab staff were excellent and it felt more like going into a bio-hazard facility as their staff were wearing protective gear and their facilities were also protected.

“To the minute today [Thurday] by about midday, I got a call from the NICD to confirm I had tested positive. It was overwhelming and before we had a chance to actually process what was going on, about two hours later, the Health minister had made the announcement confirming the case to the country,” he said.

Dr Robyn Reed, the Hilton doctor who saw the man, has also isolated herself as a precautionary measure. Reed, who was widely named on community WhatsApp groups, declined to comment when contacted and referred The Witness to the NICD.

The man said he had also isolated himself since he started feeling ill.

“We just took a precautionary measure and decided that I should be isolated from the rest of my family and I’m glad we did so. My wife and sons are not showing any symptoms as yet. There’s an extra-low possibility my sons could be affected as they haven’t had much contact with me since I arrived. They have been to school on Monday and Tuesday and we will explore that issue with the school … It [Covid-19] is viral so there’s no cure and only the symptoms can be treated. But, touch wood, I’ve been feeling much better since Wednesday afternoon and today [Thursday] has been good …”

Soon after news broke of the confirmed case, the man’s wife sent a WhatsApp message that was widely circulated on social media. It read: “Hello friends and family. [He] has tested positive to coronavirus. We have been home in quarantine since Tuesday. The kids and I don’t have symptoms, but will be tested. We are trying to deal with all of this, obviously it’s a big shock as we didn’t for one-minute think he had the virus. We are in constant contact with the NICD [National Institute for Communicable Diseases] and if you’ve been in contact with him you will be contacted by them.”

Cowan House Preparatory School in Hilton, which the man’s children attend, confirmed in a letter to parents late last night that the school will be closed on Thursday and weekend extra-curricular activities have been cancelled.

Other schools in Pietermaritzburg and Hilton released statements calling for calm and that appropriate measures would be taken at the schools.

– The Witness

South East security outfit kicks off in Enugu.

The South-East Geo-Political Zone Security Summit has commenced at The Base Event Centre, Enugu.

The theme of the summit is ‘Strategic Partnership for Effective Community Policing in the South East Geo-Political Zone’.

Participating dignitaries including the President-General, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo; Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma; former Inspector-General of Police Ogbonnaya Onovo; Speaker, Enugu State House Assembly, Hon Edward Ubosi, and traditional rulers are seated.

The crowd is waiting for the arrival of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the state governors of the zone.

Earlier, the South East Governors and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Mohammed Adamu Abubakar NPM,mni, held a closed-door meeting at the Government House, Enugu.

In attendance were the host, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State and Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prof. Placid Njoku. Additional report culled from The sun.

Video-suspected Ritualist forced to eat bread

In a video shared on the Internet, a man suspected to be a ritualist has been spotted in a what seems to be a struggle of his life.

The man was reported to have begged for help from another man, saying he was hungry and wanted to eat bread.

The unidentified man bought the bread and gave him which he eventually threw away.

Afterwards, the man picked the bread and forced him to eat it in fear that he may have been a ritualist.

In the video, the man was seen struggling to finish the bread.

Watch The Video Here:

Xenophobia-your state plan visit to south Africa is an Insult to Nigerians-FFK Tells Buhari

Femi Fani-Kayode has described as ”inappropriate and an insult to Nigerians” the scheduled visit of President Buhari to South Africa today Wednesday October 2nd. President Buhari is expected to meet with his  South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa, over the recent Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in his country.

FFK says Buhari is not expected to grant Ramaphosa a state visit after his country men killed Nigerians. Reacting to the planned visit on his Twitter handle, FFK wrote

A President does not reward a foreign power that has just slaughtered his citizens with impunity with a state visit.

@MBuhari

‘s visit to South Africa is inappropiate and an insult to the Nigerian people.This is yet another 1st in the ignoble hall of infamy and shame for Nigeria.

Sowore enters court and was chanting #RevolutionNow

Sowore

Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters and convener of #RevolutionNow protest, is set to be arraigned before the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday.

Sowore who has been charged with treasonable felony, amongst other offences, arrived at the court this morning chanting #RevolutionNow. While he chanted “Revolution” his followers who were already waiting for him responded “Now”.

Recall that the Department of State Services, DSS, on August 3, 2019, arrested Sowore for calling for a revolution through a protest scheduled to hold on August 5. The protest was interpreted as an attempt to topple the Buhari led administration.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo in the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court granted the DSS permission to detain the activist in custody for 45 days and at its expiration, the Attorney General of the Federation filed a seven-count charge of treasonable felony, cyber crimes and money laundering against the activist.

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