More healthcare staff test positive for COVID-19

Parts of Netcare’s Kingsway Hospital in Amanzimtoti have been shut down. That's after several patients and staff tested positive for COVID-19. Courtesy #DStv403

DURBAN - Parts of Netcare's Kingsway Hospital in Amanzimtoti have been shut down after some staff and patients tested positive for COVID-19.

Regional director of Netcare, Craig Murphy, said in a statement that the origin of the exposure was traced to a patient who was admitted via the emergency department on 4 April with a suspected stroke.

Murphy said the patient was screened for COVID-19 symptoms. The patient did not exhibit any signs of the virus.  

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“During his hospitalisation, the patient was visited by his general practitioner on the evening of 7 April who mentioned to the treating specialist that he had recently treated [the patient] for flu-like symptoms on 1 April.

"The treating specialist requested a COVID-19 test as a precautionary measure, even though the patient was still asymptomatic. At the same time, the patient was placed in isolation as a person under investigation (PUI).

"The test results of the patient came back on 8 April confirming that the patient had a COVID-19 infection."

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The hospital has been temporarily closed for new admissions.

Meanwhile, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says he believes the spike in COVID-19 cases at St Augustine Hospital is due to negligence.

The hospital's management is being probed after 48 of its staff members tested positive for the virus.

The facility remains closed.

KwaZulu-Natal has 489 cases with 12 fatalities. Premier Sihle Zikalala spoke to Xoli Mngambi. Courtesy #DStv403

In Gauteng, the province's Health Department MEC, Bandile Masuku, said a full report on COVID-19 cases at a Mediclinic in Sandton was due on Wednesday.

Masuku said the provincial department is establishing the facts of the case but confirmed there is an alleged incident of infection at the Mediclinic.

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