Close call: Panyaza Lesufi tests negative for Covid-19 after scare

Close call: Panyaza Lesufi tests negative for Covid-19 after scare

- Panyaza Lesufi has recently had a personal scare amid the Covid-19 pandemic

- The Gauteng Education MEC went into self-isolation on Tuesday after staff members tested positive

- Now, it has emerged that Lesufi's encounter with the virus was nothing but a scare

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Panyaza Lesufi was in for a shock after going into self-isolation following the news that two Department of Education employees tested positive for Covid-19.

The Gauteng MEC had tested for the virus on Tuesday but has since found out that the results came back negative according to the department.

News24 reported that the Johannesburg head office had been closed for decontamination after the discovery.

Employees are reportedly expected to return to work on Monday after the process has been completed.

READ ALSO: Mkhize: Level 2 a possibility for regions with low Covid-19 infections

The Citizen reports that Premier David Makhura had confirmed 335 public servants had tested positive for the virus in Gauteng.

“This includes public health workers and educators. Like all other patients, affected staff and their family members are receiving care and treatment in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) protocols."

Employees who had come into contact with the infected staff members have been tested and are adhering to preventative protocols:

“Once a staff member tests positive, we also trace their contacts. We do exactly what we do with normal members of society. We also immediately decontaminate the building, close it for a few days and reopen once it has been decontaminated." reported that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize had indicated that regions with low Covid-19 infection rates will be looking at a possible migration to Level 2 of the current phased plan to lockdown South Africa.

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