JOHANNESBURG – The Duduza Clinic in Ekurhuleni has been closed after a nurse tested positive for COVID-19. A total of over 400 people were exposed to the nurse.

The nurse contracted the coronavirus after attending a church gathering at the Divine Restoration Ministries in Bloemfontein last month.

Several people who attended that gathering have since tested positive, including an elderly man who has since died.

The Duduza Clinic and surrounding area will now be sanitised while staff have been placed in self-quarantine awaiting test results of those who have shown symptoms.

Mayor Masina called for calm within the communities as they respond to cases in and around the city of Ekurhuleni.

Two mobile clinics and staff from surrounding areas will be deployed to the area to serve the community while the clinic is closed.

Meanwhile, three people including two youngsters who had contact with a Durban teacher who died on Tuesday due to Covid-19 have tested positive for the deadly virus.

In a joint statement on Wednesday, basic education minister Angie Motshekga and KwaZulu-Natal education MEC Kwazi Mshengu conveyed their condolences to the family of the 46-year-old schoolteacher, who taught at a primary school in Isipingo, south of the city.

According to Motshekga, the teacher had contracted the virus “several days ago”.

“Another teacher from the same school has also tested positive. All those who may have come into contact with the deceased are advised to present themselves for testing,” she said.

“A 14-year old learner, related to one of the two teachers, has also tested positive.

South Africa has recorded more than 1 380 positive cases including five death of Covid-19.