In a small multiracial community covering areas like Heidelberg and Devon, the Lesedi Local Municipality seems to have an alarming rate of COVID-19 cases.

The area currently has 403 confirmed COVID-19 cases. A week earlier, cases were reported at 240.

Local institutions report COVID-19 cases

Lesedi’s economic capital, Heidelberg has also been hardest hit with cases in its industrial and educational sectors.

At the British American Tobacco South Africa (BAT), Mapepeza can confirm that 13  BAT employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at their Heidelberg factory. An additional 27 contractors have tested positive for the Coronavirus at the plant.

“Direct contacts of affected employees were traced and requested to self-isolate, and all 600 employees at the factory have been tested for COVID-19,” confirmed by Johnny Moloto, Head of External Affairs at BAT.

At the Sedibeng TVET College Heidelberg campus, a student and a lecturer have tested positive.

As a precautionary measure, the college decided to close and disinfect the campus from Tuesday, July 7.

On Monday, Ratanda Secondary School confirmed that a Life Sciences teacher tested positive.

All learners were informed not to attend until July 13.

A source close to Mapepeza confirmed that Ratanda Primary School had to be closed again because of a second case of COVID-19 was found.

The school is said to resume on Thursday after a deep cleansing.

Gauteng Department of Health released its sub-district statistics and as of Tuesday, July 7, the province has 71 488 cases with 21 414 recoveries and 478 deaths.

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