Mpumalanga command centre closed after staffer tests positive for Covid-19

2020-05-15 07:51
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The Mpumalanga provincial command centre closed as a matter of urgency on Tuesday after one of its staff members, who had attended a meeting, tested positive for the coronavirus.

The staffer went for Covid-19 screening and tested positive.

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The entire command team, which attended the meeting in the Disaster Management Centre, was ordered to go into self-isolation and had to undergo Covid-19 testing, said Sibongile Mpolweni, the spokesperson for Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane.

The premier as well as Sindi Xulu, the province's director-general, both tested negative for the virus.

"All other staff, including Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma the provincial police commissioner of Mpumalanga, is currently in isolation," said Mpolweni. 

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Mtshweni-Tsipane said all officials, who were in contact with the infected staff member, have been traced and tested, adding the results would be available on Friday.

"We are determined to make sure that all our officials are safe, hence the decision to temporarily close the command centre," she added.

Teams from the Department of Health were brought in to deep-clean and fumigate the building, Mpolweni said.

Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi confirmed they were still waiting on Zuma's results, saying he himself was also currently self-isolating while waiting for his own test results.

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