Minister of Health Dr. Zweli Mkhize has noted with concern the number of infections on staff at the St Augustine’s Hospital. 48 staff tested positive for the coronavirus Covid-19.
“We are concerned about developments at St Augustine’s Hospital. 66 tested positive over the past few days. About 48 of them are staff. The Provincial dept. is engaging the hospital, with a view to closing parts of the hospital down,” Mkhize says
“We hope the fumigation process will start soon there. We have also assigned specialists there. We must always be on the lookout. The infection can seep in from any institution. We must now trace all the contacts. It is a matter of serious concern and we are dealing with it,” added Mkhize
The minister also added that the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 1749, with also another death case. Total deaths count stands at 13 cases.
“There is also another death, bringing the total to 13 deaths. It was a male who had stage 4 prostrate cancer at Parklands Hospital. We convey our condolences to the family of the deceased,”
In closing, Mkhize assured South Africans that the number of recovering patients is starting to pick-up.