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Sol traffic department laid low by Covid-19

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The Northern Cape recorded 247 new cases of the coronavirus

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The Sol Plaatje Municipality’s traffic department has been laid low after two traffic officials tested positive for Covid-19, while 13 others are in quarantine.

Municipal spokesperson Thoko Riet said the two positive officials were both in self-isolation.

“Thirteen officers who were in close contact with their positive colleagues are also in quarantine.”

She added that those in quarantine would closely monitor their symptoms and would be tested if they showed any symptoms of the virus.

The Northern Cape Department of Health announced on Friday night that an additional 247 people in the Province had tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the cumulative total to 18 628 people.

A further four deaths, all from the Nama Khoi local municipal area, were also announced. This brings the total number of deaths in the Province due to Covid-19 to 232.

In the Sol Plaatje area, there were an additional 75 new cases of Covid-19 reported overnight. This area around Kimberley has recorded a total of 5 834 cases since the start of the outbreak.

According to the Department of Health, there are 768 active cases in the city, while 4 975 people have recovered and 91 deaths have been recorded.

The number of recoveries throughout the Province currently stands at 15 388, which translates to a recovery rate of 83%.