Coronavirus: 2-year-old boy confirmed to have virus in South Africa travelled from New Zealand

A 2-year-old boy who recently travelled from New Zealand is reportedly among those confirmed to have coronavirus in South Africa.

The boy is one of the youngest to have recently contracted the virus in the region, according to South Africa's Health Department.

Other confirmed cases include another 2-year-old and a 3-year-old both with no travel history.

A 2-year-old boy who recently returned from New Zealand is among the confirmed cases in South Africa. (File photo)
Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi
A 2-year-old boy who recently returned from New Zealand is among the confirmed cases in South Africa. (File photo)

READ MORE:
* Coronavirus: Almost 9000 people have self-isolated since New Zealand outbreak began
* Coronavirus: What we know about the 20 New Zealand patients, tests and self-isolations
* Coronavirus: Father of New Zealand Steel employee with Covid-19 also being tested

The confirmation came on Wednesday, March 18. He is among 31 new cases, and included in the country's 116 confirmed cases.

No details regarding his travel routes, his family and the time spent in New Zealand have been released.

South Africa's health minister Zweli Mkhize issued a statement detailing the contact tracing that is taking place for all confirmed cases, according to The South African.

"Today we have a further increase of six local transmission cases. As part of tracking and tracing, we have collated background information on how these patients were infected. We will provide more information to the public to make them aware of how these local transmissions occur."

The boy is one of 10 confirmed cases in the Western Cape region.

Key information: Sign up to get Stuff's daily coronavirus situation report email newsletter. It's a quick summary of the essential updates from New Zealand and around the world on Covid-19.

Stuff