Two Mpumalanga doctors test positive for Covid-19

Two doctors in Mpumalanga has contracted covid-19
Two doctors in Mpumalanga has contracted covid-19
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 Two Mpumalanga doctors have tested positive for covid-19. 

According to the the department of health in Mpumalanga, the doctors stationed at Mmametlhake Hospital in the Dr. JS Moroka local municipality started experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus and when they tested, their results came back positive. 

“The first doctor, after experiencing symptoms of Covid- 19, was seen at a private laboratory in Modimolle, Limpopo province, where  she is residing," said Mpumalanga health MEC Sasekani Manzini.

"The doctor had a history of travel to Cape Town in February and Johannesburg a week ago. The second doctor tested positive and has been in contact  with the first since they share accommodation,” Manzini said.  

She said both doctors have been asked to self-quarantine. 

“Currently the department's outbreak response team is compiling a list of all possible contacts that came close  to the doctors at their workplace in Mmametlhake Hospital.” 

Manzini said she has been in contact with her counterpart in Limpopo to ensure seamless coordination. 

“We going to work with our colleagues in Limpopo in handling cases within their catchment area," she said.

"Our outbreak response team will earnestly do all possible to  put intervention measures to contain the spread of the virus. We seek calmness and cooperation of everyone as we strive to combat this disease before us," said Manzini.

Mpumalanga has 14 positive cases of Covid-19 with Gert Sibande and Nkangala both having four cases and Ehlanzeni with six cases.

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