SUMMARY: Ministers announce COVID-19 counter measures

South Africa has declared the coronavirus a national disaster. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced interventions by government as the cases continue to rise. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Health minister Zweli Mkhize is calling on South Africans to come together to fight the Coronavirus outbreak.

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The minister joined in an inter-ministerial task force to explain what measures will be taken by the government and control measures they are asking society to abide by to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Mkhize said the situation currently does not call for a complete lockdown.

Mkhize said the government will be asking hospitals to ensure that they reduce the number of patients visiting and they will also be visiting prisons to take appropriate measures.

87 309 beds are available for emergency use Mkhize said.

The Health Department said they are in discussion with private hospitals to make their facilities available on-demand to the government when the need arises.

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Mkhize said once this infection starts to spread in taxis, trains, informal settlements and so on it will bring a new dynamic and quarantine facilities will need to be made available.

He said MEC's need to deal with this.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga reiterated that schools will be closed from Wednesday and open on 14 April. 

The minister said notices have been sent to school to send material home so pupils can work from home.

Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi called for high levels of hygiene in the workplace and stated employers are required to provide for employees in terms of health.

Employees who contract Covid-19 in the course of their duties will have to be compensated, the minister said.

Justice minister Ronald Lamola said that the state of emergency will be invoked if the current measures don't work.

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said there is a Treasury working team that meets regularly.

He said as the situation develops funding will be set aside and possibly redirected from reduced programmes. 

Minister Ebrahim Patel said the retail sector has assured that it is optimistic about their supply and assurance that there won't be panic buying.

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Transport minister Fikile Mbalula said Prasa will sanitise stations, and there will be random screening checks at trains stations, taxi ranks and other public transport spots.


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