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COVID-19: 4 more Kingsway Hospital staff test positive, bringing total to 10

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Four more staff members at the Netcare Kingsway Hospital in Amanzimtoti, south of Durban, have tested positive for COVID-19 after exposure at the hospital was traced to a patient.

This brings the number of infected personnel to 10, according to EWN.

On Wednesday, Netcare confirmed that the facility had been temporarily closed after the exposure was discovered, News24 reported.

KwaZulu-Natal health department spokesperson Noluthando Nkosi said at the time: “Netcare today [Wednesday] confirmed that its KZN regional team and the hospital management at Netcare Kingsway Hospital have responded swiftly to managing the COVID-19 exposure at the hospital, and have temporarily closed the hospital for new admissions.”

Netcare regional director Craig Murphy said the origin of the exposure was traced to a patient who was admitted to hospital via the emergency department on 4 April with a suspected stroke.

By Thursday, at least six Kingsway Hospital healthcare workers had been infected with COVID-19, according to KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Nomagugu-Simelane Zulu.

According to EWN, Simelane-Zulu has since confirmed that four more health workers have tested positive for COVID-19.

Simelane-Zulu reportedly said the screening and testing of health workers at the facility were ongoing. This means that the number of infected health workers may increase.

KwaZulu-Natal is the province with the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths in the country at 22, with 617 infections recorded by Sunday evening, Health24 reported. Nationally, 54 deaths have been recorded.

Simelane-Zulu has reportedly announced that the provincial government has resolved to do away with the self-isolation policy as many of those tested positive, fail to adhere to instructions given to them.

Instead, all those who have tested positive will now be kept and monitored at state-identified facilities, EWN reported.

Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban has also been closed to new patients following an outbreak which saw 47 staff members test positive for the virus. Five people have died of coronavirus at the private facility, said Simelane-Zulu, according to City Press.

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Skeem Saam’s Koko Mantsha death dismissed as fake news

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Koko Mantsha, the popular Skeem Saam character acto, real name, Lydia Mokgokoloshi is not dead.

Social media is awash with news of her death which seems to have been fuelled by fake news sites aiming to profit from unsuspecting lovers of the 80 year-old veteran actress.

Lydia Mokgokoloshi, has appeared in many television shows including Muvhango and Bophelo ke semphego.

Mokgokoloshi was born on 27 September 1939, in Polokwane, Polokwane Local Municipality, Capricorn District Municipality, Limpopo.

She is most famous for acting as Koko Mantsha the grandmother of Katlego Pietersen (Patrick Seleka) in the soap, Skeem Saam.

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Watch: Thulani Dlomo an alleged ‘Zuma spy’, hands himself in

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Thulani Dlomo, the axed former SSA top spy and former SA ambassador to Japan has handed himself over to police on Friday.

Dlomo’s lawyer Philani Shangase said that he handed himself over at his own will at the Durban Central Police station on Friday.

He said Dlomo was not arrested but wanted to clear his name following media reports.

Dlomo was being interviewed by police officers at 17h00 on Friday.

“He has denied all wrong doing,” Shangase said.

Dlomo was suspected to be one of the instigators of the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

This is a developing story.

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Residents warned against consuming dead fish washing up at Umhlanga and Umdloti beaches – video

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The eThekwini Municipality has sent out a warning to residents against collecting and consuming dead fish and crayfish that have washed up on the beaches of Umhlanga and Umdloti, north of Durban.

The public has been asked to refrain from fishing, surfing and swimming on the beaches after a video of the dead fish on the beaches emerged on social media.

The municipality said it was investigating what caused the marine life to die.

“It is considered serious and can affect one’s health if collected and consumed.”

According to reports, run-off water and chemicals reached the ocean through storm water drains after firefighters battled a blaze at a chemical plant at Cornubia started by looters on Tuesday.

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“The public is advised to refrain from all recreational activities, including fishing or surfing, bait collection and picking up of dead species in this area,” said the municipality.

“Collecting or harvesting of any marine living resource in the area is temporarily prohibited until the cause is determined and the threat has abated.

“Authorities are investigating the source of the pollution and cleanup companies are trying to contain the spill.”

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