Coronavirus: Premier Makhura says Gauteng most vulnerable province

Coronavirus: Premier Makhura says Gauteng most vulnerable province

- Gauteng Premier David Makhura has dubbed the province the most vulnerable to the coronavirus outbreak

- The premier outlined the plan of action to limit the continued spread of the virus

- With the province recording the highest number of infections, a range of serious measures were put into place

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Gauteng Premier David Makhura has noted that his province is the most vulnerable to the coronavirus outbreak.

With just over 60 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 virus, Makhura briefed the nation on how the provincial government would enforce measures to halt its spread.

The Citizen reports that with bustling airports, a dense population, a public transport system used by countless citizens and dense settlements, Gauteng is at high risk.

Should health care facilities reach the point where it could not cope, Makhura revealed alternative facilities were already being considered.

Residents were urged against overburdening hospitals and clinics during this time. Law enforcement would begin shutting down churches, establishments and other places which failed to comply with the ban on large gatherings.

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Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku confirmed that additional beds were being provisioned at hospitals and health facilities. In addition to this, more test kits were being sourced.

Public facilities were being disinfected and the Gautrain system has also been subjected to stringent hygiene routines.

Public facilities like pools, parks, nature reserves and community halls would be closed.

Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko announced that the sale and distribution of liquor would end at 6pm during the week and 1pm over the weekend.

Makhura told residents that weddings or funerals should be applied for at a local police station.

The elderly, pregnant and young would be first in line for immunisations against the common flu, which complicates things if the individual contracts the coronavirus.

More community healthcare workers would be trained to help aid tracing efforts, including being sent into informal settlements.

The premier also announced the executive council steering committee, which Masuku would be spokesperson for:

  • MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation Mbali Hlophe
  • MEC for Transport Jacob Mamabolo
  • Director-General Phindile Baleni
  • MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Lebogang Maile
  • MEC for Infrastructure Development and Property Management Tasneem Motara
  • MEC for Community Safety Faith Mazibuko reported that, as of Wednesday, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa stood at 116.

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