Denosa: KZN lacks clear COVID-19 plan

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa in Kwazulu-Natal is concerned about rising COVID-19 cases in the province. Courtesy #DStv403

DURBAN - The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) is dissatisfied with KwaZulu-Natal's state of preparedness for COVID-19.

Denosa says the number of infections continues to rise among health workers and that the health department doesn't have a tangible plan in place.

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"The problem with the department is that it seems to be very reactionary when it comes to preparation regarding COVD-19," said Denosa KZN Provincial Secretary Mandla Shabangu.

"The first case was in March in this province, but until now we see management moving at the same pace as they were moving when we had two people infected in this province, while now we are over 100,000. The practices and the manner at which they approach the virus remain the same with them."

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KwaZulu-Natal has reached the 100,000 mark in terms of confirmed coronavirus cases.

The province also has the second-highest COVID-19 positive cases, edging past the Western Cape.

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At the same time, there has been another decrease in new daily COVID-19 infections nationally and that's because fewer tests are being conducted.

Just over two 2,500 cases have been reported in the last 24 hours.

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