newsNews24 reports that another elderly nun has died after contracting Covid-19 at the Congregation of the Precious Blood Sisters convent in Mthatha, bringing the death toll to five in a space of nine days.  

This has prompted the Eastern Cape department of health to turn the convent into a quarantine site.  The death of 82-year-old Ambrose Shabalala came after a surge in coronavirus cases at the convent, a Roman Catholic Church female order.  She died while the small community of nuns was still reeling from the deaths of sisters Celine Nxopo, Maria Cord Wardhor, Martha Anne Dlamini and Beautrice Khofu.  The four died between 8 and 14 June and were all above the age of 60.  The convent doubles up as an old age home.  On Tuesday, sister in charge Nokwanda Bam had reported that 17 nuns had tested positive; 15 had tested negative, while three were awaiting their results.  She also reported that the deaths began with the infection of a sister who worked as a nurse at St Mary's Hospital in Mthatha.  On Thursday, the health department announced the allocation of a medical doctor, two nursing assistants, a professional nurse and an enrolled nursing assistant to mitigate the spread of the virus at the convent.  


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