Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality (BPM) has informed stakeholders, business fraternity and community at large about positive Covid-19 case of a Shoprite employee at Phalaborwa town, which was verified on the 13th July 2020.
The Department of Health (Maphutha L Malatji) and the employee completed all the precautionary measures and were implemented as required. The infected employee is now in isolation and is being monitored.
Shoprite had its own protocols, which delayed other procedures of decontaminating the supermarket and screening of the other employees.
According to BPM, Shoprite head office responded late on Wednesday on what should be done.
As a result, communication with all customers or the public was not done as expected, hence the message about the employee who tested positive for COVID-19 started spreading on social media platforms.
“Consequently, the supermarket is closed today for fumigation and screening of all employees as a precautionary measure.
“The Shop Manager is being assisted by the Environmental Management Department [Mopani District Municipality] on protocols of disinfecting the Supermarket. The Manager indicated that the shop will be closed until all processes are fulfilled”.
Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality Mayor, Cllr Merriam Malatji urged residents to remain calm and be vigilant as the situation is receiving prompt attention from the relevant authorities. ‘‘There is no need for panic, we are monitoring the situation closely and will take the necessary preventative steps should the need arise,” she said.