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Surgery patient tests positive for virus in Kimberley

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The Department of Health said on Monday that the man has been discharged to his home in the Kgatelopele Local Municipality in the ZF Mgcawu District.

THE LATEST person in the Northern Cape who has tested positive for Covid-19 is a 62-year-old man, who was tested in Kimberley when he was admitted for an operation not related to Covid-19.

The Department of Health said on Monday that the man has been discharged to his home in the Kgatelopele Local Municipality in the ZF Mgcawu District. The Health Department’s tracing team have met with him to undertake the process of identifying and screening all close contacts.

Meanwhile, the person announced on Saturday as positive for Covid-19 was also tested in a hospital in Kimberley where she was admitted for an ongoing chronic condition not related to Covid-19. 

“We incorrectly classified her as a Sol Plaatje Local Municipality resident, but can now confirm she lives in the Gasegonyana Local Municipality in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District. She was admitted for a long-standing chronic condition not related to Covid-19 and has been kept in hospital in isolation. The tracing team has met with the family and identified all contacts and is actively screening them,” the department said.

According to the latest figures released by the national Department of Health on Sunday, the Northern Cape has 29 positive cases, of which 16 have recovered. The Frances Baard District is still leading with 21 positive cases (11 recovered). 

A total of 702 111 people in the Province have been screened, although only 2 606 have been tested to date.