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Lephalale is COVID-19 hotspot

Limpopo Premier, Stan Mathabatha

Singled out as the hotspot in the Waterberg district, Lephalale has as of Saturday recorded 5 cases of Convid-19.

To battle the dangerous virus, Limpopo, Premier Stan Mathabatha will on April 14, 2020, lead the Provincial Command Council in the sprawling Marapong Township, Lephalale to launch a massive coronavirus screening and testing programme.

Premier’s Spokesperson, Kenny Mathivha said while 19 cases were so far confirmed in Limpopo, Waterberg District is the focal point with 10 cases and the hotspot thereof been Lephalale with five [5] infections.

“The Province has 10 000 volunteers comprising community health workers, community caregivers, lay counsellors, health promotion officers, and home-based carers. Communities know these volunteers serving them,” said Mathivha.

Earlier this month, Provincial Health Department MEC, Phophi Ramathuba confirmed three recent cases of the South African citizens who had made a trip to a few high-risk countries in Europe and travelled from Western Cape to Limpopo.

She added that upon their arrival, the three, including husband, wife and a child, chose to self–isolate in Lephalale.

“The three guaranteed authorities, they haven’t been in contact with anyone from the airport terminal to a farm [Lephalale] since they used their private vehicle and that they were no labourers at the farm,” said Ramathuba.

Ramathuba said the three were not indicating any symptoms, however, they voluntarily tested given that they travelled from high-risk countries.

“We didn’t admit them to a medical facility since they were not sick. We monitored the three until cleared,” added Ramathuba.

Update: Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize confirmed on Saturday that the number of coronavirus cases in South Africa has risen to 2028, saying this is an increase of 25 new cases from Friday.

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