- Reports claiming that 250 staff members at an Alberton shopping mall tested positive for the coronavirus have been shut down
- The information was ruled fake after an investigation by a local Alberton publication
- The Alberton Shopping Centre shared a post on social media stating that the mall has reported no positive cases to date
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The reports of 250 Covid-19 infections among shop staff in Alberton have been debunked. A story was shared on social media claiming that hundreds of shop staff tested positive in the town just south of Johannesburg.
Alberton City Shopping Centre responded to the post and dubbed it fake news. Their response read:
"There have been NO confirmed cases of Covid-19 among the retail employees at Alberton City Shopping Centre to date. We continue to do our best to ensure a safe shopping environment, and we are taking all of the necessary precautions.”
The original post making the claims was investigated by the Alberton Record community newspaper. The numbers simply did not add up. Alberton falls under the City of Ekurhuleni Municipality. The district has recorded only 123 positive cases of Covid-19.
The newspaper reports that Alberton ward councillor Tiaan Kotze said there had been only 93 positive cases reported in their sub-district.
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Meanwhile, in other recent coronavirus news, Briefly.co.za reported that a woman has taken to social media to post about her beloved late father. The Durban resident lost her dad to Covid-19 after he spent nearly a month in hospital. The family urged South Africans to take the novel coronavirus seriously.
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