Gauteng Health MEC insists emergency services won't be interrupted

Gauteng is now the epicentre of COVID-19 in South Africa. The province has recorded over 81,000 cases and 515 deaths. The health department is urging people to continue following precautionary measures. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Department of Health is urging residents to follow precautionary measures, particularly social distancing, mask use, and handwashing as more COVID-19 cases emerge in the province.

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Gauteng is now the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa. The province has recorded over 81,000 cases and 515 deaths. 

It has been reported that ambulance services in Tshwane have been suspended.

Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku said the province's emergency services are currently rendering medical services in the metro.

He insists operations won't be interrupted.

Masuku said social behaviour has contributed to the rise in infections, "86% of all the active cases are found in our metros and that's where the problem is. We have seen a lot of small gatherings that have been happening particularly related to funerals and we have seen a lot of social events like baby showers and all the other events."

Masuku reminded residents that the virus' evolution and progression is still ongoing and appealed to them to observe social distancing, use masks, and wash their hands.

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