Confirmed cases of Covid-19 stand at 1187

Written by on 29th Mar 2020

The total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in South Africa stand at 1187.

This was revealed by the Health Ministry in a statement on Saturday. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize has stressed that the increase by just 17 cases from Friday’s 1170 is not an indication of a reduction in the number of infections but a mere reflection of positive results that were received and ready for reporting.

The provincial breakdown is as follows:

GAUTENG 533
WESTERN CAPE 271
KWAZULU-NATAL 156
FREE STATE 68
NORTH WEST 6
MPUMALANGA 10
LIMPOPO 11
EASTERN CAPE 10
NORTHERN CAPE 5
UNALLOCATED 117

 

Infected Health workers

Mkhize has raised concern at the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases of health workers who work both in the private and public sector.

The cases are as follows:

– In Limpopo, 1 medical doctor tested positive after he had travelled abroad for holiday
and started experiencing symptoms on his return. He immediately decided to quarantine
himself. The doctor remained in quarantine to ensure that he does not transmit
the virus to other people. His 14 day quarantine period has ended and
his results have now been confirmed as negative.
– In Mpumalanga, 1 medical doctor who had also travelled for a holiday abroad returned
to the Province with symptoms which emerged a few days after he returned. Before
then, he had been having interactions with staff and patients. He then tested positive
and was quarantined. This led to other health workers who had come into contact with
him being screened, quarantined and tested. A decision was  made for that section
of the hospital to be closed in order to disinfect it. This has been completed and the section will
be reopening during the course of next week.
– In Free State,  3 doctors, 1 nurse and 1 neurophysicist
have tested positive for COVID-19.
– In Gauteng, 6 medical doctors have been infected.

According to the department all the health workers are in a good medical condition with most of them having mild or no symptoms. It is only one doctor in the Free State aged 70, who is in ICU.  The ministry has emphasised that none of the health workers were infected by patients that they were treating.  It has been revealed that all individuals who were identified as contacts of the
health workers have been put in quarantine and are being monitored.

 


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