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netcareNews24 reports that several nurses at Linksfield Netcare Hospital in Orange Grove, Johannesburg, have reportedly contracted Covid-19.  

According to one of those who tested positive, at least 15 had their results come back positive.  Speaking on Friday, the nurse indicated that he worked at the hospital’s ICU unit along with over 20 other colleagues and that they had decided to take voluntary tests for the virus because they were on the frontline.  By Thursday, 15 of the nurses who had taken tests were apparently positive, and they immediately went into isolation.  They are concerned about the manner in which their employer has treated them because they were told they had contracted the virus from their communities.  The nurse alleged that deep cleaning had not taken place at the facility and, while they were in isolation, nurses from agencies were outsourced to run the ICU.  He added that keeping the unit open was problematic and worrying to them because "clearly there is a problem with the ICU itself".  In response, the hospital advised that its management had taken immediate and comprehensive action to prevent the spread after a "few staff members tested positive for Covid-19 on the same day".

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Sesona Ngqakamba at News24

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