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​Pikitup has closed its Roodepoort deport after receiving confirmation that a further 30 employees at the facility have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. This brings the total number of employees infected by the virus to 45. 


The Roodepoort depot was initially closed on 15 June when one employee tested positive for the virus after Pikitup's medical personnel had conducted screening and testing at the site. The employee has since died.


The depot was closed for 14 days and all employees were ordered to self-isolate. During the closure, Pikitup continued with the mass screening and testing of employees who had direct contact with the infected employees. A further 15 cases were confirmed positive and by Wednesday, 1 July, adding to the 30 cases already confirmed.


“Pikitup has resolved to continue with the closure of the Roodepoort depot for a further 14 days. The depot was supposed to have resumed operations on Thursday, 2 July," says Mpho Moerane, the MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services.


Moerane says Pikitup's Health and Wellness department will provide continuous monitoring services to all employees during the isolation period and where Covid-19 symptoms are observed, such employees will be subjected to testing.


The MMC has also received confirmation of a positive case at the Marlboro depot, which has also been closed. It will re-open on Monday, 6 July. 


The Pikitup board encourages all employees to adhere to health protocols as provided by the health team, to maintain social distancing, wear face masks at all times, wash hands with soap and water; alternatively use sanitisers. 


“Pikitup will do all that is necessary to ensure that employees are protected and supported during these trying times. Our prayers and sympathies go to all affected and infected employees and their families," says Moerane.