Health Department finally confirm a Covid-19 case in Alexandra

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ALexndara Township Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters.

Final Update: The health department has finally confirmed that there is a covid-19 case in Alexandra township

After the spokesperson Popo Maja dismissed the allegations of coronavirus in the Alexandra township, the department has released a statement confirming the case.

The Gauteng Health Department has confirmed a COVID-19 case in Alexandra, Johannesburg.

“The confirmed case, was tested and was instructed to remain under self-isolation while awaiting results,” said the department on Monday.

According to the provincial department, the man who has tested and was subsequently found to be infected with the virus, disregarded instructions to self-isolate and travelled to outside of the province before the lockdown.

“Upon positive confirmation of results, our team of tracers working with law enforcement agencies tracked the confirmed case to Limpopo,” said the department.

The man is currently under isolation in a health facility in Limpopo.

The department confirmed that five other people who had come into close contact with the confirmed case are currently under quarantine.

Earlier on the department spokesperson dismissed this as rumors

Following earlier reports of a coronavirus case in the Alexandra township by Newsroom Afrika, the department’s spokeperson Popo Maja rubbed away a possible case of the virus saying cases are only released during 6-7 pm on a daily basis.

Sowetan reported that Maja said it was only speculation.

See the previous article below.

Coronavirus hit Alexandra, case reported.

Newsroom Afrika reported that two senior sources have confirmed that there is a case of Covid19 Coronavirus case in Stjwetla, Alexandra, the news channel reported on Monday.

Alexandra commonly reffered to as Alex or Gomora is the second township to have a reported case of coronavirus after Khayelitsha.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde confirmed a person has tested positive for the virus in Cape Town’s largest township, Khayelitsha.

A 2011 census indicated that Alex is the home to approximately 179 624 dwellers. The number could have drastically increased over the years.

Cases in the townships are a concern due to the living conditions in the areas. Many shack dwellers do not have proper in-house water and usually with a community shared toilet.

Gauteng remain the most hit provide with over 500 cases confirmed as of Sunday, 29 March.

Watch, A case of covid-19 reported in Alex