Limpopo mineworkers continues to test positive for COVID-19

Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba

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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