The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) has confirmed that four of its officers have tested positive for COVID-19. This after an official, who had fallen ill during a night shift tested positive for the virus last week Friday.
JMPD says contacts who worked with the infected officer were among 107 officers who were tested on Monday.
Three more officers’ results came out positive for coronavirus. The four officers are currently in quarantine.
The JMPD says it’s been screening and testing other officers for their safety. It’s urged them to adhere to the strict protocols on social distancing.
“One officer fell ill on night shift on Wednesday and was tested at Milpark Hospital. The officer was discharged and is now on quarantine. A total of 107 officers were tested by Monday and three more officers tested positive. JMPD has implemented measures to make sure that officers have access to Personal Protective Equipment and I want to assure the residents of Johannesburg that our officers will continue to serve and protect them,” says JMPD Spokesperson, Wayne Minnaar.
Nationwide, the Health Department has recorded 30 more COVID-19 related deaths. This brings the national toll to 369. The number of positive cases has also increased by 1 134 in a 24-hour period.
The country has now recorded 19 137 positive coronavirus cases.
Below is a breakdown of the COVID-19 stats in SA: