At least 197 health workers at one of Zimbabwe’s top referral centers – Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo – have been placed in self-quarantine after a nurse tested positive for COVID-19 at the hospital.

Two of the patients tested positive after they were admitted at the hospital recently, while the third was an outpatient, the Herald newspaper reported Monday.

It is suspected that the nurse contracted the virus through interactions with one of the patients.

After the confirmed cases at Mpilo Central Hospital, Bulawayo’s rapid response team was contacted to contain the potential spread of the virus through contact tracing, resulting in 197 health workers who were at high risk being placed on 14-day mandatory self-quarantine.

The self-quarantine, which is due to end on Thursday, is done under surveillance.

Mpilo Central Hospital acting chief executive Solwayo Ngwenya said out of the more than 2,000 health workers at the facility, 197 were placed on self-quarantine.

“This resulted in 197 health workers going in self-isolation at their homes including the nurse who was asymptomatic. So far all of them have tested negative for the virus. They are in self-isolation for 14 days and are supposed to complete process on Thursday.” he said. Enditem

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