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GCC workers test positive to Covid19

Clr Josiah Makombe

FOUR Gweru City Council nurses have tested positive to Covid-19 and
are now in self-isolation amid fears that the figures might be higher
among the local authority’s staff.

The city’s mayor Clr Josiah Makombe said the four council nurses were
all in a stable condition. Three of the nurses who tested positive are
stationed at Mkoba 1 Clinic and the fourth one is from Senga Clinic.

He said all the nurses were in contact with known Covid- 19 patients
and plans are under way to trace the nurses close contacts both at
home and at work to prevent the spread of the virus in the community.

Clr Makombe said the local authority is now in the process of testing
all its workers for Covid- 19.

“This Covid- 19 is real and people must be careful. We urge our
residents to abide by the lockdown rules and regulations which are
aimed at cutting the spread of the virus. As we speak, four council
employees, all nurses have tested positive to Covid -19, “said Clr

“The four nurses who tested positive during the routine screening are
Covid-19 front liners and It is so sad and worrisome as this weakens
our strength-force in prompt response to the pandemic.

“As council we will provide all the necessary psychosocial support to
our affected members of staff and the four are stable as they showing
no symptoms and are self isolating at their places of residence,” said
a senior council official who requested not to be named.

The official said considerations are underway to see how best council
can improve and strengthen the Infection Prevention and Control
methods not only in council run facilities but all institutions in
Gweru as some of the other cases have been reported from the private

“I want to say to the general public that the Covid-19 pandemic is real
and lets unreservedly play our part ( wearing of masks, hand  and
cough hygiene and physical distancing) in stopping the spread of the

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