Unki Mines employee tests positive for Covid-19


OWEN MATAVA in Shurugwi

Confirmed reports are that an unnamed employee at Anglo American owned Unki Mines in Shurugwi recently tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently in self-isolation at his home in Shurugwi, midlands news can report.

The infected employee becomes the first worker to have tested positive for Covid 19 at the platinum producing company.

The company says operations are continuing as it has activated mechanisms to curb the spread of the virus.

Anglo American Platinum chief executive officer Natascha Viljoen confirmed the latest development. In a statement, Viljoen said an employee tested positive at the mine in Shurugwi.

“One of our colleagues at Unki Mine Complex contracted Covid-19. He was tested after showing symptoms and is currently in self-isolation at his home. In line with our protocols we are busy tracing all his contacts. All affected staff will receive the necessary support,” she said.

In recent weeks, many Zimbabwean companies and institutions have reported Covid-19 infections which have seen them temporarily halting operations in a development that is expected to take a heavy toll on the economy.

Some of the institutions and companies that have reported positive cases of Covid-19 are Zvishavane District Hospital, Claybank Hospital, Edgars Gweru branch, Mpilo Central Hospital, United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH), Econet, OK Zimbabwe, Federal Express, National Social Security Authority (NSSA), Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (NSSA), Pick ’n Pay, Avenues Clinic and the Parliament of Zimbabwe.

On Saturday, the country recorded two deaths and 490 new Covid-19 cases bringing the total number of deaths to 69 and 3 659 confirmed cases.

The Health and Child Care Ministry reported two deaths of a male (62) and female (52) at a health institution in Bulawayo which now has 20 deaths and Harare has 31.

The numbers of local transmissions continue to spike after 485 cases tested positive for Covid-19 while five were returnees from South Africa. The number of local cases now stand at 2 594. The country’s coronavirus epicentre Harare recorded 337 new cases yesterday, followed by Midlands with 42, Bulawayo (39) and Manicaland (36).