CABS has closed its Gwanda branch after three (3) workers tested positive for the coronavirus, the bank said in a statement on Wednesday.
The bank’s managing director, Mr Mehluli Mpofu said the branch will be closed until December 7. Reads Mpofu’s statement in part:
We regret to advise that three of our staff at Gwanda branch tested positive for Covid-19 following PCR tests. Please note that the branch has been temporarily closed until 7 December 2020 to allow for disinfection of the branch and self-isolation of our staff.
We encourage you to make use of our digital channels, internet and mobile banking platforms to reduce the risk of exposure and spread of Covid-19 during this period.
We will continue to monitor the situation and implement changes to ensure a high level of safety for all our stakeholders.
Gwanda Town has recorded about 50 cases of the coronavirus over the past two weeks which has resulted in the shortage of isolation space.
The town’s only isolation centre housed at the Gwanda Provincial Hospital can only accommodate 16 people while Phakama Clinic isolation centre is still under construction.
Gwanda Provincial Hospital acting medical superintendent, Dr Blessing Gwarimbo said as a result of the shortage in quarantine space patients were being discharged to self-isolate at home even though their conditions required them to be housed at the isolation centre.
This is happening when the country, particularly in Matebeleland provinces, has in the recent past recorded a rise in the number of new coronavirus cases raising fears of a second wave.
Whilst most of the cases have been recorded in schools, the government is adamant schools won’t be closed.