Authors: Richard Lessells - 2020-05-22
Summary: An investigation into the COVID-19 outbreak at the Netcare St Augustine's Hospital in Durban, from early March to the end of April, concluded that the coronavirus originated from a single source. The rapid spread of the virus prompted an investigation, leading to the closure of the hospital's emergency section and a cancellation of all planned surgery. The investigation concluded that between 9 March and 30 April, there were 119 confirmed cases, of which 80 were staff members and 39 were patients. Dr Richard Lessells, an infectious disease specialist at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is one of those who led the investigation and he joins us via Skype. For more news, visit sabcnews.com and also #SABCNews, #Coronavirus, #COVID19 on Social Media.
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