A French tourist in the Kruger National Park (KNP) had been tested positive for the Corona virus.
According to a SANParks statement, the tourist was part of a group of six who had booked a two-night stay in the KNP. The group arrived in the country on March 14, entering the KNP three days later on March 17, departing on March 19.
Before leaving the KNP one of the tourists, a 25-year-old male, consulted the resident medical doctor in the KNP for what was initially suspected to be a malaria infection, but later ruled out. The tourist underwent a COVID-19 test as he complained about a sore throat and had a slight fever.
The test was done as per the National Department of Health (NDoH) regulations by the KNP doctor. Details of the group was obtained for easy tracing. After the test, the group left for KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), where they were traced and attended to by the NDoH personnel in KZN. NDoH had confirmed that the five members of the group had now placed themselves in self-isolation and the patient was admitted to a designated health facility in KZN.
Following the release of the tourist’s results, officials from DoH in Mpumalanga visited Skukuza to track down staff who may have had contact with this group. All possible contacts were speedily identified. According to NDoH protocols, the identified staff would be closely monitored for the mandatory 14 days from the date of exposure and would immediately be tested.
Staff have very limited contact with visitors and all staff in national parks and are, according to SANParks following the necessary protocols as per SANPark’s approved Standard Operating Procedures, prescribed by the World Health Organisation and NDoH guidelines.
All national parks would remain closed in adherence to the nationwide lock down.
All enquiries about people who tested positive for COVID-19 should be directed to the NDoH as they are the only authority permitted to comment on the issue.