MEC: No urgent need to shut KZN's COVID-19 temporary facilities

MEC: No urgent need to shut KZN's COVID-19 temporary facilities

KwaZulu-Natal's authorities say they are in no rush to shut down the temporary facilities set up for the COVID-19 pandemic - in case of a second wave. 

Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu coronavirus

Health MEC, Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu was speaking during a briefing by the Provincial Executive Council on Sunday.  

"There are areas; however, that is clear that we might not be able to shut down immediately. One of them is the Royal Showground Centre because we have invested quite a lot of we've there. 

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"While we've got these facailties, we are also bearing in mind that should there be a second wave what do we do," says Simelane-Zulu. 

According to the Ministerial Advisory Committee, South Africa's infection rate is declining steadily after reaching the peak. 

The number of confirmed cases surpassed the 600 000 mark at the weekend - and we remain in the fifth spot globally in the total number of recorded infections. 

KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala says the decrease in the number of daily cases in the province is encouraging. 

"Our province is still the second most affected when it comes to the prevalence of COVID-19. 

"We are second after Gauteng since last Saturday KwaZulu-Natal registered 4 713 new cases and 276 deaths. The average daily infection rate is 189 cases per 100 000 population," says Zikalala. 

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