- The Mpumalanga Department of Health has revealed some concerning news
- Two local doctors have tested positive for the coronavirus in the province
- The province has thus far reported 14 confirmed Covid-19 cases
Two Mpumalanga doctors have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the provincial Department of Health.
The Sowetan reports that the doctors stationed at Mmametlhale Hospital in the Dr JS Moroka Municipality had begun showing Covid-19 symptoms.
They both tested positive at a later stage, commented Health MEC Sasekani Manzini
“The first doctor, after experiencing symptoms of Covid- 19, was seen at a private laboratory in Modimolle, Limpopo province, where she is residing. The doctor had a history of travel to Cape Town in February and Johannesburg a week ago. The second doctor tested positive and has been in contact with the first since they share accommodation."
Both medical officials have since been asked to enter self-quarantine, with Manzini commenting
“Currently the department's outbreak response team is compiling a list of all possible contacts that came close to the doctors at their workplace in Mmametlhake Hospital. We going to work with our colleagues in Limpopo in handling cases within their catchment area."
The MEC vowed that the response team is currently doing everything possible to curb the spread of the virus
"Our outbreak response team will earnestly do all possible to put intervention measures to contain the spread of the virus. We seek calmness and cooperation of everyone as we strive to combat this disease before us."
To date, Mpumalanga has reported 14 positive cases with some noted in the Gert Sibande, Nkangala and Ehlanzeni regions.
Briefly.co.za reported that the total number of cases on a national level rose to 1 326 on Monday, prompting a nationwide deployment of screening teams.
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