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Coronavirus case at Mercedes EL plant is also fake

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has been forced to do regular screenings of their employees after recent social media posts alleging a spread of the Coronavirus at its manufacturing operations in East London.


“We wish to state categorically that these rumours are false. There are no reported suspected cases of Coronavirus in South Africa as confirmed by the Department of Health,” said Thato Mntambo, Manager for Corporate Affairs at MBSA.


The fake post claimed that there are a few Chinese and Asian companies involved in the current plant upgrade project, whose staff members have shown signs of having the virus.


None of MBSA’s employees nor contractors are from the Hubei Province (including Wuhan) in China, where the risk of Novel Coronavirus is believed to have originated. The company has proactively implemented measures to contain the spread of contagion.


A list of all staff and contract workers who travelled to and from China has been handed over to the MBSA Medical Centre. All persons arriving from China in the past two weeks have been quarantined and screened daily on-site at the Media Centre. Frequent temperature screenings of all line builder staff are carried out daily using non-contact thermometers;


“Should there be a person found with any symptoms of Novel Coronavirus, they will be referred to the appropriate health facilities. Cleaning is carried out frequently to increase hygiene levels. Lastly, MBSA is in communication with the Department of Health to keep the Eastern Cape Provisional Department abreast of any developments on the matter.


The company has assured that it is well equipped to detect, manage and contain any cases of Novel Coronavirus.

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