9 Port Shepstone nuns die after catching Covid-19

9 Port Shepstone nuns die after catching Covid-19

Nine nuns have now succumbed to Covid-19 following an outbreak at a Catholic convent in Port Shepstone. 

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The sisters from the Daughters of St Francis of Assisi Convent died Sunday and Monday, after six others passed away last week. 

It's understood the elderly women contracted the virus after a gathering at the church two weeks ago. 

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Twenty-five nuns have since tested positive for coronavirus, and gone into quarantine. 

Sister Dominica Mkhize says they're deeply saddened. 

"This second wave of coronavirus is wreaking havoc in the community around. 

"It would have been unrealistic for us to think we would escape, but because our convent life is designed in such a way that everything is shared in common - that is the reason we see so many deaths occurring in place." 

She says Covid-19 safety protocols have been in place at the church since March.

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