COVID-19 complications claims life of King Shaka Airport cop

COVID-19 complications claims life of King Shaka Airport cop

KwaZulu-Natal has lost a second police officer to COVID-19. 

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The officer was based at the King Shaka International Airport Police Station. 

National police spokesperson, Vishnu Naidoo says the station's been closed for decontamination. 

All members who were in contact with the officer have been screened and tested. 

Naidoo says, at this stage, they are not aware of other infections in that police station. 

"He passed away, and we were given information that he did suffer underlying causes, but we do not have details about it, so we are not sure what the cause or result of his death was, but he is one of nine members that we have lost in the country."

A warrant officer at the Phoenix Police Station tested positive for the respiratory disease this week. 

READ: South Africa records 25 more COVID-19 related deaths

Naidoo says contingency measures have been implemented at the station and members who were in contact with the officer, are awaiting their test results. 

"The stations have been evacuated for the purpose of decontamination. Members that may have come in contact with the infected member are required to undergo screening and testing. Those processes are currently underway."

Naidoo says a Durban K9 Unit member - based at the Durban Central Police Station - and an employee at the 10111 call centre in Durban have also tested positive for COVID-19. 

He says both buildings were evacuated this week and decontaminated, nut they're now open. 

"So far, service delivery has not been affected and is continuing, but we are waiting for the results of those members who have been screened and tested and for those members who have tested positive. 

"They will undergo treatment and those who tested negative, will be required to return to work."

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