sadtu90The Citizen reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) is adamant that a KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) schoolteacher who succumbed to Covid-19 was infected with the disease at a local hospital.  

The union expressed shock and sadness at the untimely death of member Tholakele Shandu as a result of contracting the coronavirus.  She was a teacher at Plattdrive Primary School in Isipingo.  Sadtu said in a statement on Wednesday that Shandu had been suffering from severe abdominal pains and was admitted to St Augustine Hospital, where she spent about two-and-a-half weeks.  After being discharged, she became more ill and was readmitted and diagnosed with asthma.  She died at the hospital on Tuesday.  “Sadtu strongly believes Tholakele contracted the virus when she was first admitted at St Augustine Hospital. According to her family, she was hospitalised with an elderly patient in her ward,” the union reported.  The union appealed to hospitals to exercise social distancing on patients.  “We also call on the department of health to trace and track all who may have been in contact with Tholakele.”

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