Lephalale is COVID-19 hotspot

Limpopo Premier, Stan Mathabatha :Image GCIS.

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.

If you think you have been exposed to Con­vid-19 virus, please call the 24-hour hot­line on 0800 029 999 or vis­it sacoronavirus.co.za

 

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