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What is the Coronavirus?

As per the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) hotline number on 0800 029 999

For all official information and updates regarding COVID-19, visit the South African Department of Health's website at external link

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