Virus alert: COVID-19 outbreak at Kruger National Park

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Kruger National Park management has been forced to temporarily close the Lower Sabie camp and Skukuza Airport, which is located within the park, as 10 staff members at the rest camp have tested positive for COVID-19.

It is believed that the outbreak may not be limited to just the Lower Sabie camp, with fears that other rest camps in the park may also be affected.

MANAGING THE KRUGER PARK OUTBREAK

South African National Parks (SANParks) announced on Thursday 14 January that 10 of its employees at Lower Sabie tested positive for the virus. Park management responded by temporarily closing the camp in a bid to limit the spread of the virus among staff and guests.

Affected staff members have been placed in isolation while guests at the Lower Sabie camp have been accommodated at other rest camps in the park or offered postponement options for their trips.

Contact tracing is being conducted to inform all potential contacts of possible risks of infection.

LOWER SABIE CAMP CLOSED FOR DECONTAMINATION

The Lower Sabie rest camp has been closed temporarily for decontamination of all camp premises. After a thorough assessment by a task team, a reopening date will be announced in due course.   

“The spike in infections among our staff has necessitated swift action from our side. We are busy with contact tracing while the employees are in isolation, and will advise the public on the reopening date after a thorough assessment and decontamination of the rest camp has been made by the task team,” Kruger National Park executive manager Gareth Coleman told Tourism Update.

SKUKUZA AIRPORT SHUT FOR 14 DAYS

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