Western Cape puts plan in place to curb spread of COVID-19

With more than 5,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 100 deaths, the Western Cape has put into place a plan to minimise the spread of the virus. It entails staggering wages and salaries to prevent congestion at supermarkets and shopping malls. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - With more than 5,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 100 deaths, the Western Cape has put into place a plan to minimise the spread of the virus.

It entails staggering wages and salaries to prevent congestion at supermarkets and shopping malls.

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Western Cape Premier Alan Winde says it's not only the role of the health department to deal with COVID-19 and that all government departments will be actively involved in flattening the curve.

Winde says the provincial government is going to meet with businesses and civil society about how best to prevent congestion.

“A suggestion from businesses was that they come up with staggered payment days so you can reduce levels.

"There is also a counter-proposal from retailers where they actually turn trucks into retail spaces and where a truck will actually arrive at the farm or the town where you don’t have to travel to the shop -- the shop actually comes to you”.

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He says from now on, businesses will have to start operating differently.

Winde also wants to get neighbourhood watches to help with minimising congestion and ensuring social distancing.

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