Gym member at Joburg Virgin Active branch tests positive for coronavirus

accreditation
(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Virgin Active's Melrose Arch branch has shut its doors, and will be disinfected, after a member tested positive for coronavirus. 

In a statement, the club said it had been notified that a member, who had been in contact with someone who had travelled abroad, had tested positive for the virus. 

The gym confirmed that it was able, through member access data, to identify when exactly someone had entered the club and who they may have been in contact with for the duration of their visit. 

Recently travelled

"It is suspected [the member] may have contracted the virus from a work colleague, who recently travelled abroad. The member visited Virgin Active Melrose Arch on 13 March. She has not accessed since," Virgin Active spokesperson Carla White said.

Members who visited the gym on 13 March have been advised to seek medical attention should they display any coronavirus symptoms. 

The gym added that, although the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) tracing team has not yet been in contact with the club, it chose to close the branch in a proactive measure to deep clean and disinfect the facility.

"This process is undertaken by our specialist health and hygiene service provider, who has extensive experience in disinfection protocol following communicable disease infection."


We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Nappies, they cost too much
6% - 209 votes
Formula and food, it's getting so expensive
18% - 587 votes
Creche and school fees are a struggle every month
76% - 2531 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
15.91
+1.5%
Rand - Pound
19.85
+0.3%
Rand - Euro
16.78
+0.5%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.17
+0.7%
Rand - Yen
0.12
+1.7%
Gold
1,819.66
-0.2%
Silver
21.74
+0.5%
Palladium
2,048.00
+1.0%
Platinum
958.00
+1.2%
Brent Crude
114.24
+2.6%
Top 40
63,027
+0.9%
All Share
69,696
+0.7%
Resource 10
72,798
+1.3%
Industrial 25
77,796
+0.9%
Financial 15
15,898
-0.2%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE