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Limpopo mineworkers continues to test positive for COVID-19

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Limpopo is experiencing an increase of COVID-19 cases in the mines following six mineworkers having tested positive, one in Thabazimbi Anglo mine in the Waterberg District and another five in Fatakgomo Tubatse Dwars mine.

The spread of coronavirus in Limpopo mines confirmed on Monday follows 13 cases tested at Marula Platinum Mine on Saturday.

This brings the total number of mineworkers in the province tested positive to 19 in the last three days.

Limpopo also confirmed a fresh case in Lephalale, a mining town in the Waterberg District.

The department confirmed another new coronavirus infected person in Polokwane.

Provincial Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba had on Saturday expressed concerned about the number of mineworkers tested positive.

Ramathuba was alluding to 13 workers at Marula Platinum mine in Burgersfort who have tested Positive for COVID-19, saying by far is the single biggest number of positives within 24 hours.

“We expected that the unwinding of lockdown rules to open economic activities will cause a number of mineworkers tested positives. It is therefore that after the declaration of re-opening of mines, we made a clarion call to mine bosses to take extreme measures to prevent the spread,” said Ramathuba.

She said among proposals was that when workers go back to work, volunteers must screen and isolate them for 14 days before going underground.

“Our understanding guided us that the mining condition is fragile and powerless to transmissions. This is a point that we need to emphasize,” added Ramathuba.

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