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West Rand declared COVID-19 hotspot

Gauteng’s West Rand has become a new COVID-19 hotspot. Infections in the mining industry there are rising. Over 200 workers at Anglo Gold Ashanti and Sibanye Stillwater’s mines have tested positive for coronavirus.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura met with mine bosses in Carletonville to assess compliance with regulations. With a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases on Gauteng’s West Rand, the focus is shifting to the mines.

David Makhura

“From the provincial point of view, the West Rand is going to be a hotspot.
We will direct all the necessary provincial support and also ask for national support to help ensure we contain the spread of the virus, particularly the mines,” said Makhura. On Sunday, Anglo Gold Ashanti suspended its operations after 196 workers tested positive for COVID-19.

Officials say another five cases have also been reported at Sibanye Gold’s Mines. Government says it will now be cracking the whip on compliance with regulations Meanwhile, Anglo Gold Ashanti has donated its old hospital to the provincial government to be used as a designated COVID-19 facility. The Gauteng government says the hospital, which has close to 200 beds, will open its doors by the end of next month.

– Coronavirus Hotline Number: 0800 029 999 from 8 am to 4pm, Monday to Friday Help protect your loved ones by sharing this official South African government COVID-19 service with your family, friends and community.

Send HI to 0600 123 456 on WhatsApp. The NICD has another Clinician Hotline to improve #COVID19 communication and support for healthcare providers. The Clinician Hotline is 0800 11 1131, operating 24 hrs. The Public Hotline is 0800 029 999 also operating 24hrs.

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Source: eNCA

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