197 staff members at Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo who were put on self-isolation nearly a month ago are still not at work.
The staff members were isolated after a nurse at the institution tested positive to COVID-19 last month.
The development was confirmed by Mpilo Central Hospital acting clinical director Xolani Ndlovu on Tuesday.
The results of the 197 staffers are still to be released due to a shortage of tests kits, officials have said. Said Ndlovu:
The staff members, who were sent on self-isolation, are not yet back at work. We have not yet received their results. The provincial health department is the one dealing with issues of COVID-19 and on issues of COVID-19 talk to them.
Reports indicate that 13 more Mpilo Central Hospital nurses tested positive to COVID-19 and were part of the new cases which were reported in Bulawayo over the weekend.
Meanwhile, five (5) more people have tested positive for coronavirus this Wednesday, 24 June 2020 from 84 RDT screening tests and 654 PCR diagnostic tests that were conducted by the Ministry of Health and Child Care.
All the cases were returnees from South Africa, and the total number of confirmed cases has risen to 530.