Metro Link to close amid suspected COVID-19 case

The Department of Development Planning will close the Metro Link today, Friday, 03 July 2020, for deep cleaning after the housemate of a staff member tested positive. The staff member is self-isolating at home and will test for the virus.

This comes a week following the re-opening of the Metro Link, which has served as the interface centre of the Department under Alert Level 3 of the COVID-19 National Lockdown. The Metro Link will once again open on Tuesday, 07 July 2020 and will operate between Tuesday and Friday every week.

Earlier this week, a second staff member in Corporate Geo-Informatics tested positive. It is still unclear whether their infection is linked to the first positive case, however, all staff who were in close contact with the two officials have been asked to screen, test and self-isolate at home until Thursday, 09 July 2020.

Furthermore, a fourth staff member in Legal Administration is self-isolating and awaiting their test results after her husband tested positive.

The Member of the Mayoral Committee for Development Planning, Cllr Lawrence Khoza, has pledged all necessary support to the affected units.
“We will continue to monitor all units in order to identify and manage the exposure and spread of the virus. We will also be consistent and continue to enforce strict safety measures and practices for the protection of all our staff members and clients; not only in the Department, but the City of Johannesburg at large.

“We are wishing the affected staff members a speedy recovery, and urge other colleagues to be vigilant and adhere to all safety and health protocols to help curb the spread of this virus,” said MMC Khoza.

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