As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 1585. This is an increase of 80 from yesterday’s reported cases.
The provincial breakdown is as follows:
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According to Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize, they have received a report from KZN Health MEC, Ms. Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu that KwaZulu-Natal has 11 confirmed COVID-19 cases linked to St Augustine’s Hospital, in Durban. Furthermore, 3 of the deceased patients from KZN had been admitted to the hospital.
The COVID-19 positive cases include patients, health workers, and other staff members. The KZN Department of Health and Netcare management agreed that the affected sections of the hospital be closed and no new patient admissions be permitted. This is a precautionary measure to allow for a thorough identification of areas within the hospital where there may have been infection control lapses says the Minister.
Mkhize says the areas that were exposed to positive patients are also being disinfected. At this stage, more than 150 tests have been conducted within the hospital and contact tracing is underway. The Health Department has advised that more tests be done on both staff and patients in order to determine the true extent of the existence of the infection in the facility, which may call for further interventions.