Cape Town Central police station closed due to COVID-19 case

Another police station in Cape Town has been forced to close down after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

Cape Town Central police station closed due to COVID-19 case

Staff at Cape Town Central police station will have to make use of an alternative workplace after one of the employees tested positive for COVID-19.

The staff will now operate from the back of the Cape Town Cluster offices, while a decontamination process takes place.

More Cape Town stations report COVID-19 cases

South African Police Service spokesperson, Brigadier Novela Potelwa said the station is one of two in the are to have reported positive cases in the past 24 hours, with one in Phillippi East now operating from Vuyiseka High School.

“These contingencies have been effected to allow the decontamination process of the facilities to take place, in line with COVID-19 protocol,” she said.

Brigadier Novelwa Potelwa

This comes just after another police station in the region had to be temporarily closed following a COVID-19 case.

Belhar Police Station became the fourth station in the Western Cape in the space of a month to report a similar incident.

Potelwa said the staff was relocated to a nearby community hall while the station’s premises were being disinfected.

“SAPS officials who have been in contact with the infected member are undergoing the necessary screening/testing and (are) in quarantine,” Potelwa said. “As screening and testing are ongoing, we will refrain from giving figures.” 

Brigadier Novela Potelwa

Western Cape stations hit by the coronavirus

Other stations to record positive cases in the province are in Hermanus and Athlone, and both had to cease operation while decontamination was being conducted. They have since reopened, while the same happened at Bellville Police Station, which has also resumed duties.

The Western Cape has emerged as South Africa’s COVID-19 epicentre, with over 1 500 confirmed cases and 30 deaths.

Premier Alan Winde revealed on Sunday that the province has intensified its testing efforts.

“We follow an active case finding approach to testing and screening, where we follow the “bush fires” – pockets of infections within communities and identify those who are infected with Covid-19 as quickly as possible. The screening process, based on this evidence, refers those who are symptomatic for testing,” he said.

Alan Winde

South Africa has recorded 4 361 cases of the novel virus, with 86 deaths reported as of Saturday, 25 April.

National Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize is expected to issue out another update on the figure on Sunday evening.

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COVID-19 update: Confirmed cases in SA up to 4 546, one more death

COVID-19 cases in South Africa have risen by 185, with one more death reported.

COVID-19 update: Confirmed cases in SA up to 4 546, one more death

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced on Sunday that South Africa has now registered 4 546 COVID-19 cases, with the death toll at 87.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases and death toll in South Africa, Sunday 26 April

This is after 185 new infections were reported over the past 24 hours, with one more death recorded in the Western Cape.

Mkhize extended his condolences to the deceased’s family, thanking the medical team for their efforts.

“We convey condolences to the family and appreciate our frontline workers who treated this patient,” Mkhize said.

It has also been confirmed that the number of recoveries from the virus have risen to 1 473, with Gauteng accounting for more than half of these.

Provincial breakdown of SA’s coronavirus infections

  • Western Cape – 1 608 cases;
  • Gauteng – 1 331 cases;
  • KwaZulu-Natal – 863 cases;
  • Eastern Cape – 535 cases;
  • Free State – 110 cases;
  • Limpopo – 31 cases;
  • North West – 28 cases;
  • Mpumalanga – 23 cases; and
  • Northern Cape – 17 cases.

Level 4 lockdown regulations on the horizon

Meanwhile KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has indicated that the province could remain under Level 5 lockdown regulations.

This after recording one of the highest death tolls in the country, with the highly populated eThekwini Municipality reporting the highest caseload in the province.

A total of 25 out of the 29 deaths recorded in KwaZulu-Natal have occurred in the region.

 While the rest of the country is set to move to less strict regulations under Alert Level 4, eThekwini could be one of the areas that remain under tight restrictions.

“Will eThekwini remain under strict regulations? It looks like some areas will have to remain under strict regulations,” Zikalala said on Sunday. Whether that will be a full lockdown or a partial opening of key industries, it’s what we will be examining under consultation.”

Sihle Zikalala

As of Saturday, eThekwini had a total of 579 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

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