Thirty-two more nurses have been infected with Covid-19, bringing to 147, the number of health workers in the city who have contracted the deadly virus.
The latest figures were confirmed by Acting Mpilo chief executive officer Professor Solwayo Ngwenya in an interview with a local daily publication.
He said all the 32 nurses were from the opportunistic infections (OI) department.
“We are shocked to discover that an additional 32 of our health care workers were recently infected and tested positive to Covid-19 on Saturday. The department involved will rather not close because it will put thousands and thousands at risk if they do not get care. The nurses are now in isolation and we are working on disinfecting the area and outsource nurses with the help of our partners to help fill the gap until these ones recover,” said Prof Ngwenya told the Chronicle.
This brings the number of infected registered general nurses to 69, while students nurses are 51 and seven nurse aids.
The City`s Health Services Department, in its latest Covid-19 update, revealed that four doctors have tested positive for Covid-19.
Other health workers who have contracted the coronavirus include five general hands, three administration clerks, three medical students and one health information clerk.
An environmental health technician, community health nurse, physiotherapist and a matron were also infected with the virus.
Nationally, reports indicated that 355 health workers across the country had contracted Covid-19 since the pandemic broke out in March.