South Africa: Burgersdorp Outbreak - Eastern Cape Health MEC Bemoans Mass Non-Compliance of Lockdown Regulations


The people of the Eastern Cape were in 'level one' before anyone else, according to Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba, who has warned about noncompliance with lockdown regulations. Gomba provided an update on a mass outbreak of Covid-19 in Burgersdorp in the province that has now spread to Middelburg. More than 100 people have tested positive for the virus in Burgersdorp and the department is awaiting another 103 test results for Middelburg.

"The people of the Eastern Cape made their own Level 1 before the country hit Level 1," said the province's Health MEC, Sindiswa Gomba, on Tuesday in response to a coronavirus outbreak at a school in Burgersdorp.

She detailed how an initial small outbreak of fewer than 20 pupils had now escalated to 102 people in Burgersdorp and another 60 in Middelburg.

"The sad news of massive outbreaks of Covid-19 under learners from Ethembeni Senior Secondary School and Maletswai Primary School in Burgersdorp and Ekuphumleni High School in Middleburg came at a time when the numbers of the pandemic countrywide were reported to be decreasing daily.

"The Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize once alluded that we are not yet out of the woods, the second surge of the...

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