File: Level three lockdown regulations take effect on Monday.
JOHANNESBURG - Government has identified 1,751 facilities as quarantine sites for COVID-19.
Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille says once a facility is confirmed as a quarantine site, the Department of Health will operationalise the site and it will be activated and procured by the Public Works and Infrastructure Department when the site is needed.
De Lille says thousands of businesses have been approached for the use of their facilities as COVID-19 quarantine sites.
The minister says both the private and public sectors have agreed to provide thousands of beds for patients.
"There are now 1,751 facilities that have been identified as proposed sites representing more than 129,600 beds across the country, in all 44 districts and 8 metros. Of these 1,751 facilities, 642 are state-owned facilities and 1 109 are privately-owned," De Lille said.
The Western Cape is the epicenter of the virus in South Africa and de Lille says there are 358 facilities that have been identified in the province representing more than 27,500 beds.
The Public Works Department further stated that 395 facilities nationally have been assessed by the Health Hepartment and are compliant according to its requirements for quarantine facilities, representing 35, 759 beds.
“In addition to state-owned and private facilities, there are also sites from State-Owned Entities (SOEs) such as the Transnet and Eskom facilities and these have been activated and managed by the SOEs,” De Lille said.
“The public sector sites have been set up and activated by government and in the various provinces, these sites are managed by the respective provincial governments.”
Level three lockdown regulations take effect on Monday.
This will see several sectors reopening with millions returning to work.
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