COVID-19: Over 600 active cases among WCape health workers

Health workers are the frontline defence against Covid-19 but in the Western Cape, many have been infected by the virus. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Over 600 of the active COVID-19 cases in the Western Cape are health workers.

The Western Cape has the highest number of infections and COVID-19 related deaths and is expected to reach its peak before the rest of South Africa.

Approximately 1,100 health workers in both the public and private sectors have recovered from the virus, while 17 have died.

More than 21,000 health workers have been given flu vaccinations.

The Western Cape government says it has increased the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) stock for hospital staff.

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Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize says the number of infected health workers in the province is a concern and that private and public sector nurses and professionals are being recruited to fight the outbreak.

"In fact, up to the 28th of May, the number of infected health care workers across the country was 2,084, this is both public and private. Out of this, the Western Cape is responsible for 80% of health workers."

Currently, the Western Cape has just under 11,500 active COVID-19 cases.

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