The increase in numbers follows after an employee at the company recently tested positive. A joint statement by the Department of Health and Clover says 369 Clover employees, 12 taxi drivers, and 7 cleaners were tested.
Of the 388 tests carried out, only 5 tested positive. The Department and Clover say the individuals who tested positive have been isolated and their contacts have been quarantined.
Meanwhile, 121 cases in the province have been confirmed positive while only six people have died from the virus so far.
“Following confirmation from the Free State Department of Health that all of the test results had been received and that the outstanding test results were negative, the factory resumed operations. The same strict screening and reporting procedures already in place apply and only employees that have tested negative are allowed to work,” the company adds.
The company says it has implemented a number of robust safety measures across all facilities to prevent the spread of the virus and identify any possible cases as early as possible.
It further adds that some of these measures include, among others, the provision of personal protective equipment and access to sanitizers, educational and training campaigns.
LUCKY NKUYANE/OFM News