Coronavirus: St Augustine's Hospital in spotlight after infections

Coronavirus: St Augustine's Hospital in spotlight after infections

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has voiced his concerns over St Augustine's Hospital in Durban

- This comes after 66 people who had contact with the facility, including 48 staff members, tested positive for the coronavirus

- In a bid to remedy the situation, the minister is considering closing portions of the hospital

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has addressed the worrisome situation at St Augustine's Hospital in Durban.

Mkhize revealed that plans were being considered to close portions of the hospital after 66 people, including 48 staff members, tested positive for the coronavirus:

“The provincial department is engaging with the hospital with the view to close parts of the hospital down.”

Specialists have been deployed with a fumigation process set to start soon in a bid to prevent the outbreak from continuing.

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The hospital has now been identified as a hotspot for Covid-19 in KwaZulu-Natal and Mkhize urged all patients who had been at the hospital from as early as 1 March to contact the KZN Health Department.

Netcare CEO Richard Friedland spoke to SABC about the situation at St Augustine's, commenting that the three patients who had died at the hospital had not been admitted for coronavirus treatment and had not had any travel history.

Friedland explained that, following the outbreak at the hospital, all staff members would be tested for the virus and plans were underway to divide the hospital into a Red Zone for positive patients, an Orange Zone for patients who were under investigation, and a Green Zone for patients who do not have the virus. reported that cases in South Africa rose to 1 749 infections on Tuesday with a total of 13 fatalities.

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