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Zweli Mkhize concerned over number of confirmed coronavirus cases at St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban

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Minister of Health, Dr. Zweli Mkhize has expressed concern over the increase in coronavirus cases in KwaZulu-Natal’s St Augustine’s Hospital, however, stating that he is hopeful it will be contained through fumigation.

In a Twitter thread on Tuesday, 7 April 2020, Mkhize announced that St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal had reported an increase of 66 confirmed coronavirus cases in the past few days. He went on to state that 48 of the cases were staff members, and that mass testing was being conducted to determine a way forward. The minister stated that the provincial department has engaged with the hospital and is working on a plan to close down certain parts of the hospital.

Mkhize stated, “We hope the fumigation process will start soon there. We have also assigned specialists there. We must always be on the lookout. The infection can seep in from any institution. We must now trace all the contacts. It is a matter of serious concern and we are dealing with it.”

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