South African Post Office on mail delays due to Coronavirus

Today, the Minister of Health informed the public that 6 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed.

Red post office box.
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The SA Post Office announced on Wednesday that Coronavirus or COVID-19 delays mail to and from the Far East.

he South African Post Office advises its clients that it cannot accept mail destined to the following countries:

  • China
  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia
  • Taiwan
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Vietnam
  • Bangladesh and
  • Kuala Lumpur

The Post Office said mail to Hong Kong is not affected.

The airline carriers currently used by the SA Post Office for transport to and from these countries are unable to uplift mail due to challenges caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, it added.

“As a result, mail from these counties meant for South Africa will also be delayed.”

The Post Office said it will resume services once suitable arrangements have been made with different airlines and would like to apologise for the inconvenience.

Today, the Minister of Health informed the public that 6 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. “This takes the total number of coronavirus positive patients in South Africa to 13.”

Gauteng Cases: 4

A 33-year-old female who had travelled to Italy and returned on the 1st of March 2020.

A couple, 34-year-old male and a 33-year-old female who had travelled to Germany. They returned to South Africa on the 9th of March 2020.

A 57-year-old male who had travelled to Austria and Italy. He returned to South Africa on the 9th of March 2020.

KwaZulu-Natal Case: 1

A 40-year-old male who had travelled to Portugal. He returned on the 7th of March 2020.

Western Cape Case: 1

A 36-year-old male who had travelled to multiple countries including Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Turkey. He returned to South Africa on the 9th of March 2020.

“All the patients have now been advised. Those who are symptomatic have started receiving treatment. Some of these patients are already in the hospital while some, specifically those who are asymptomatic are in self-quarantine. Contact tracing has also started for all these cases,” said Dr Zwelini Mkhize, Minister of Health.

“It is also noteworthy that to date, 3 642 tests have been conducted.”

“More information relating to these case will be communicated. We also request that the privacy of the patients and the families continues to be observed by the media and members of the public,” he said.

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