Probe into St Augustine’s Covid-19 outbreak released
Written by Lethiwe Mdluli on 21 May, 2020
An investigation has found there were 119 confirmed cases of coronavirus at Durban’s St Augustine’s Hospital by the end of last month.
The probe into the Covid-19 outbreak at the hospital was led by a team at University of KwaZulu-Natal.
In a statement, the university says those infected include 39 patients and 80 staff members.
The investigation found that between the 9th of March and 30th of April, there were 119 confirmed cases identified at St Augustine’s Hospital.
Fifteen of the 39 patients died, which meant there was a case fatality rate of 38.5%.
The virus then spread widely through the hospital, involving patients and health care workers in at least five different wards.
The investigation also revealed that the outbreak at the hospital led to clusters of Covid-19 cases in a local nursing home.
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