SABC NEWS: Four out of thirty-two residents at the Aryan Benevolent Society Home in Pietermaritzburg have died as a result of COVID-19 in the last week. This has brought the total number of deaths at the old-age home to eight. The 106-year-old home which was established in 1914, lost one of its oldest residents, who was 103 years old. Chairperson, Dev Naidoo says they have exhausted their budget and are in desperate need of help to ensure the safety and health of the remaining 24 residents.
If you wish to donate funds to the ABH Home in Pietermaritzburg and help support the running of the facility, you can contact 033 387 1162 or 033 394 1337.
The Aryan Benevolent Home of Chatsworth is a separate entity not associated with the Pietermaritzburg facility.
Meanwhile in Verulam, north of Durban, the Verulam Day and Frail Care Centre, has remained COVID-19 free and has dismissed speculation of COVID-19 cluster infections at the facility as fake news. This after rumours circulated, relating to a number of people at the facility having contracted the coronavirus read more here.
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