A 65-year-old widow and her children were allegedly infected with COVID-19 after being allowed to touch her husband’s corpse in a Cape Town hospital where he lost the battle to the virus.
According to IOL, Carol Benjamin confirmed that because of this, she had to sit in the car on the day of her husbands funeral while some of her children were unable to attend at all.
The incident occurred on July 4 at the Mitchell’s Plain Emergency Centre where Benajmin suspects that is where she and her family contracted the virus.
Provincial Health spokesperson Monique Johnstone said: “The medical manager of the emergency centre has been in contact with the family and addressed their concerns.”
Benjamin said: “They said we can go and say our last goodbyes and took me and my son to a room where he lay. What I noticed was that there was no sanitiser, but we kissed and touched him, his body was still warm like someone who was sleeping.”
“Shortly afterwards I received a phone call from someone who identified herself as a doctor at the hospital, who told me that my husband had actually died from COVID-19 and that me and my children must immediately isolate for 10 days,” she added.
Meanwhile, premier Alan Winde announced that the third wave has officially come to an end. He has emphasised that it now time to focus on saving jobs, calling for the Western Cape to be immediately moved to level 1 lockdown.
The 3rd wave in WC has come to an end, & we need to get balance right by saving jobs. That is why I call for the W Cape to be moved to Alert Level 1 immediately, with the termination of the State of Disaster ASAP
— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) September 27, 2021