Rage Ballito attendees urged to quarantine as event marked as COVID-19 'super-spreader'

Rage Ballito attendees urged to quarantine as event marked as COVID-19 'super-spreader'

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has expressed dismay at the decision by matric Rage organisers, to go ahead with festivals in the country.

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He's urging the parents of children who attended the popular celebrations in Ballito in KZN to get them tested for Covid-19 as soon as possible. 

The Minister says they need to go into quarantine for 10 days. 

Mkhize says they've identified the matric rage events, with one set to get underway in Joburg, as 'super-spreader events.' He says large gatherings that involve the consumption of alcohol,  undermine efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus. 

Mkhize's pleaded with parents to be conscious of this when planning activities for their children,  he's also highlighted that ICUs in a few private hospitals in Durban are now full. 

Meanwhile, a Durban doctor's echoed the Minister's concerns saying more than 20 young people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 72 hours. 

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Dr Kamz Govender says the number of requests for coronavirus tests over the weekend was overwhelming. And 95% of teens who were diagnosed were asymptomatic

"I walk out and my room is packed out with kids and we were overwhelmed. Because at the medical practices we normally do about 5 people, and we did over 100 requests in 72 hours," he says. 

"So it's some type of contact, we were informed by a parent that one of the friends who stayed for the week tested positive and it was a bit of a manic in Upper Highway because parents were overwhelmed." 

139 more people diagnosed with Covid-19 have died in South Africa bringing the death toll from the outbreak to 22 206. 

The total number of cases confirmed so far has climbed to over  814 565. That's after 4 116 new infections were recorded in the last 24 hours. 

More than 13,500 cases have been picked up since the start of the weekend. 744 000 people have recovered from the virus. 

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