Fact Check: No, Netcare Kingsway Hospital Is Not a Covid19 Red Zone

Fact Check: No, Netcare Kingsway Hospital Is Not a Covid19 Red Zone

- Netcare Kingsway Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal recently released a statement slamming claims that the hospital was a red zone for Covid-19

- The hospital's management said a notice that had been making its rounds on social media about the facility is fake and untrue

- Kingsway Hospital confirmed that although they have had Covid-19 patients admitted to the facility, there aren't that many people and they are being taken care of properly

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Netcare has confirmed that Kingway Hospital is not a Covid-19 red zone. Hospital General Manager Anna Demetriou stated that the notice being circulated on social media about the hospital is fake.

Demetriou said in a statement that although the Covid-19 situation in KwaZulu-Natal is fluid, Kingsway does not have many Covid-19 positive patients admitted. She added that the few patients they do have in their care are in isolated areas which are specifically designated within the hospital.

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She went on to add that the facility has a good track record in terms of treating Covid-19 patients.

Fact Check: No, Kingsway hospital is not a Covid19 hotspot
Kingsway Hospital is reportedly not a Covid-19 red zone, according to management. Image: Ulrich Baumgarten
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The statement continued by saying that Netcare Kingsway Hospital has the facilities for all eventualities; this includes services unrelated to Covid-19 and safe management with the addition of elective and emergency procedures.

Demetriou concluded by saying:

"We encourage the community not to neglect their health. If an injury or ailment is left untreated it is much more likely to lead to avoidable, long-term health consequences. Furthermore, we urge the public not to recklessly share unverified social media messages that could cause undue panic and be detrimental to the health of people in our community."

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Previously, Briefly News shared a fact check about a fake SASSA notice. SASSA had to share a post to social media clarifying that a viral message sent on WhatsApp is fake. SASSA shared an image of the viral message to Twitter, asking people to ignore it.

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The message makes an array of claims and has an application link towards the end. It also asks those who have received it to share it with family and friends. The message read:

"More than 3 million South Africans will receive R3 500 for a period of 6 months. First-time applicants receive payments within 24 hours after approval... It takes only a few seconds to apply, hurry up!"

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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