Media Briefing On Western Cape Readiness for COVID-19 | Western Cape Government


Media Briefing On Western Cape Readiness for COVID-19

28 February 2020

Following the diagnosis of a patient with COVID-19 in Nigeria, the first patient in Sub-Saharan Africa, Western Cape Government Health is hosting a media briefing on Monday, 2 March, to detail provincial readiness and the measures put into place to address COVID-19 in the Western Cape.               


Date:       Monday, 2 March 2020

Venue:    Media Room, Ground Floor, Western Cape Legislature, 15 Wale Street, Cape Town

Time:       14:30


Please note: The media briefing will also be live streamed on Facebook via the Western Cape Government Health’s Facebook page. Click here to follow the live stream on Monday, 2 March 2020, at 14:30:


Quick facts about COVID-19

  • A new Coronavirus called COVID-19 was identified in China and is associated with an outbreak of pneumonia.
  • COVID-19 spreads mainly via respiratory droplets through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • COVID-19 can also spread through personal contact and when touching an object or surface with the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
  • Symptoms include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, sore throat, and difficulty breathing.
  • There is no specific anti-viral treatment or vaccines available.
  • Protect yourself and others by washing your hands often, avoid touching unwashed hands, avoiding close contact with infected people, and covering your cough or sneeze.

For more information on COVID-19, please contact the general public hotline on 011 386 2000 (it operates from Monday to Friday, 08:00 – 16:00) or visit:


More information on COVID-19 also available here:

Addressing fake news and myths:

Protecting yourself against COVID-19:

Frequently asked questions:

Media Enquiries: 

For more information on the media briefing, contact:

Marika Champion

Head of Communication: Western Cape Government


Cell: 074 011 2244


Nomawethu Sbukwana

Spokesperson to Minister Nomafrench Mbombo

Ministry of Health

Provincial Government of the Western Cape


Cell: 083 893 5200