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Information on the coronavirus pandemic

Arnot OpCo is committed to the health and safety of all our employees, shareholders, suppliers, their families and the community around us. 

The information on this page is provided by the South African government and aims to inform the Arnot OpCo team and community about the current health pandemic facing our nation and the globe. 

For coronavirus-related emergencies, please use the official government emergency hotline: 0800 029 999.
More information about the virus can be obtained by sending a message to the official WhatsApp support line on 0600 123456.

What is COVID-19?

On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, China. ‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2’ (SARS-CoV-2) was confirmed as the causative agent of what we now know as ‘Coronavirus Disease 2019’ (COVID-19). Since then, the virus has spread to more than 100 countries, including South Africa.


The most common symptoms are: 

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath

Preventative tips

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a flexed elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

How is COVID-19 treated?

Treatment is supportive (providing oxygen for patients with shortness of breath, or treating a fever, for example). To date, there is no specific antiviral treatment available. Antibiotics do not treat viral infections. However, antibiotics may be required if a bacterial secondary infection develops.

What to do if you experience some of the known symptoms.

The symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or fever. However, these are also symptoms of the flu. The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) recommends that you should only get tested if you display symptoms plus if you have:

  • Been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 person
  • Travelled to a high-risk country
  • Worked in or been to a healthcare facility treating people with Covid-19
  • a severe case of pneumonia with an unknown cause

However, one should consult your medical practitioner or the COVID-19 national helpline 0800 029 999 immediately if you display symptoms.

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

Anyone who tests positive will immediately be notified and put into quarantine at home or at a facility designated to manage the outbreak. You will then remain in quarantine until repeat testing shows you no longer have the virus.

Self-quarantine guidelines and tips

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the official government website.