Four cases of Covid-19 in Sasolburg is fake news, says department of health

People take precautionary measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Cape Town on March 18 2020.
People take precautionary measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Cape Town on March 18 2020.
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The Free State department of health has denied claims that there had been cases of Covid-19 reported in Sasolburg.

This after a letter claiming to be from the provincial department stated that there had been four cases of Covid-19 reported in the township of Zamdela, Sasolburg.

A letter claiming to be from the provincial health department says there have been four cases of Covid-19 reported in Zamdela, Sasolburg. The department says this is false and points to basic errors in the letter.
A letter claiming to be from the provincial health department says there have been four cases of Covid-19 reported in Zamdela, Sasolburg. The department says this is false and points to basic errors in the letter.
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“Please be alert that the letter purporting to be coming from the department warning people about Covid-19 cases in Sasolburg is false,” provincial department spokesperson Mondli Mvambi said on Monday.

Mvambi said the fake allegation was “negatively affecting” the health institution.

He said a fake letterhead, incorrect address of the hospital and the municipality were used in the letter.

He said that Covid-19 cases were announced only by minister of health Zweli Mkhize and not by provincial or any other departments.

“To this end, we do not have any cases in Sasolburg.”


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