Southern African Development Community (SADC)ministers of Health from 16 countries have suggested using alternative technologies to run meetings as a preventive measure against coronavirus infection.
In their meeting held in Dar es Salaam- Tanzania, the SADC health ministers suspended planned public events in the bloc as part of efforts to minimize risks from the coronavirus (Covid-19).
SADC meetings will now go virtual, with video conferencing or teleconferencing.
As of yesterday, South Africa had confirmed seven cases of the virus, although the rest of SADC has yet to record cases.
Considering the recent developments regarding the coronavirus outbreak, many countries and institutions have taken responsible precautionary measures to prevent the risk of exposure to contracting and spreading of the deadly virus, The Tanzania Minister of Health Ummy Mwalimu explained.
She said for the meantime all meetings will be held through video and teleconferences and will shift to virtual meetings at an advised date.