Eastern Cape clinic shut after nurse contracts COVID-19

Residents in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape are worried. A clinic in Ngangelizwe township has been temporarily closed for deep cleaning, after a nurse tested positive for COVID-19. Courtesy #DStv403

EASTERN CAPE - Residents in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape are worried.

A clinic in Ngangelizwe township has been temporarily closed for deep cleaning after a nurse tested positive for COVID-19.

More than 5 kilometres away, a government building has also been shut, after yet another health official tested positive.

At least four government buildings have been so far been closed in the province due to the virus.

Provincial health department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo says they’ve tested all the staff at the clinic.

He says it remains unclear whether the infected nurse contracted the virus at work.

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"But we do have cases where they could be trace from hospitals, some of our staff have been attending hospitals and unfortunately ended up contracting the virus but we not suggesting that all of them may have contracted it outside the working environment," said Kupelo.

Residents insist they'd like all who use the clinic to be screened.

Many of them now don’t know where to go if they require care.

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More than 63 health workers in the Eastern Cape have tested positive for COVID-19.

Unions accuse the department of not providing them with protective clothing.

The department insists they’re working around the clock to provide workers with all the resources they need.

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