Coronavirus: Hospital may close after 11 staff test positive

Coronavirus: Hospital may close after 11 staff test positive

- An unnamed hospital may have to shut its doors after 11 workers tested positive for Covid-19

- 20 workers were tested and more than half came back positive

- The hospital will not be admitting any more patients

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An unnamed hospital in Durban might have to shut down after 11 workers tested positive for Covid-19 after 20 were tested.

KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala revealed this during a media briefing that was held on Friday afternoon. Nomagugu Simelane Zulu, the KZN MEC for Health was also at the briefing.

Zikalala said that they were in the process of tracking the people who came into contact with patients who are being treated at the hospital.

"We will not disclose the hospital for now but we may have to shut it down. We have also asked them not to admit more people for now," Zikalala revealed.

KZN is currently the hardest hit in South Africa in terms of deaths from Covid-19, with 6 deaths being recorded and 225 cases of the virus.

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"All districts now have positive cases. So the focus now should be on how people should adhere to the lockdown rules," he said.

He urged residents to stay indoors and obey the lockdown rules.

"When residents are in stores and clinics they should practice social distancing at all times," he insisted.

He said that home screening would be launched in Umlazi, Durban, on Sunday, with 1400 tracers and 10 400 health workers being trained to screen people.

MEC Simelane Zulu added the following:

"We will announce in advance which area we will go to, and the field workers will be introduced to local leaders so that criminals will not take advantage of this programme."

In other news, Briefly.co.za has reported on a new NGO, Shout SA which was launched by Danny K and Kabelo Mabalane.

The NGO plans to raise money to buy medical masks for health workers and patients.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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