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Procedures for Coronavirus outbreak

  • calendar

    13 February 2020

  • location

    South Africa



South Africa’s Department of Health has issued detailed Standard Operating Procedures to prepare for, detect and respond to a possible Coronavirus outbreak in the country.

The document is designed to inform provincial preparedness plans and references national guidelines on epidemic preparedness and response (http://www.health.gov.za/index.php/primaryhealthcare/category/154-communicable-diseases?download=438:National%20Guidelines%20on%20Epidemic%20Preparedness%20and%20Response).

It is strongly recommended that the process flow for the detection and response of 2019-nCoV and the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders in the document are used in conjunction with National Guidelines on Epidemic Preparedness and Response (2010). All provinces should develop province-specific standard operating procedures for preparedness, detection and response which would include province-specific adaptation of the process flow depicted in the document.

South Africa has released case definitions and precautionary measures for 2019-nCoV which can be found on: http://www.nicd.ac.za/novel-coronavirus-outbreak-in-wuhan-city-hubei-province-of-china/  

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in South Africa, contact GAC South Africa at shipping.capetown@gac.com