Authorities in South Africa are tracking five people who contracted coronavirus at a church gathering in Bloemfontein and people they my have had contacts with. They were suspected to have gathered with other congregants between March 9 and 11.
Hitherto, church gathering should not have been more than 100 people but by midnight tomorrow, the lockdown which will be lifted on April 16 means churches must close.
According to Daily Maverick: “As the first seven people in the Free State tested positive for Covid-19, volunteers from Red Cross, experts and a mobile testing unit from the National Health Laboratory Services were urgently dispatched to Bloemfontein on Friday 20 March. Doctors discovered that five international visitors, who had tested positive, attended a large church gathering of between 200 and 300 churchgoers. It was also revealed that two other individuals who had tested positive had close contact with children in a Bloemfontein school with 700 learners.
The Premier of the Free State, Sisi Ntombela, said that all large government events for the rest of the year have been cancelled and the budget will be diverted to buy hand sanitiser and assist communities with water.
Invested efforts in the tracking has not yielded much result as the tracking process proves very complex and tedious – it’s a multi-layered process – tracking infected people and people they have had contacts with.
Minister of Health Dr Zwelini Mkhize urged people not to panic as the government put all hands on deck to combat the spread of the deadly virus.
The minister addressed the Free State legislature and medical personnel after seven Covid-19 cases were found in the province. Covid-19 cases in the Bloemfontein currently stands at 18.
The case count has jumped by 152 from 402 on Monday. This is the biggest daily jump in cases in the country. The Minister of Health confirmed that five people among those who tested positive now test negative.
The President declared there will be zero-tolerance to non-adherence to advice and warning toward combating coronavirus in South Africa.