Witrand hospital in Potchefstroom in the North West has confirmed 100 patients and 23 staff members to have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The hospital looks after patients with mental and physical disabilities.

North West Health MEC, Madoda Sambatha, says the infection started with two patients inward three and four.

“Samples were then taken for two hundred and 38 people made up of 202 patients and 36 staff members. This was prompted by the nature of patients’ inability to maintain social distancing and wearing masks.”

North West has 1 606 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 5 deaths.

Infographic: latest COVID-19 statistics: 




Other hospitals with confirmed COVID-19 cases  

The General Gizenga Mpanza Hospital in KwaDukuza, KwaZulu-Natal, closed after 9 mothers and 42 health workers tested positive for COVID-19.

St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban was closed at the beginning of April when 48 health workers tested positive for the virus.

Staff members at Kingsway in Amanzimtoti contracted the disease and the hospital was closed. Parkland in Durban was also temporarily closed.

In the video below, nurses and doctors test positive for COVID-19 at Boitumelo Hospital: