Mpumalanga identifies 5 Covid-19 treatment centres

The centres will be located in game reserves across the province.

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Mpumalanga identifies 5 Covid-19 treatment centres
PREPARATION: As the number of people infected by the COVID-19 virus continues to grow, the Mpumalanga government is putting measures in place to respond to the worst case scenario. PICTURE Supplied

Mpumalanga province has identified 5 centres that would be used in admitting and treating victims of Covid-19, the government has said.

The various camps are in secluded rest camps in provincial game parks.

This week Monday 6 April 2020 health minister Zweli Mkhize reported that 1 686 people in South Africa have tested positive on Corona Virus, with 12 deaths and 58 098 tests being conducted.

The disease is called ‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome – Coronavirus – 2’ (SARS-CoV-2) and as of 7 April 2020 it has killed 74 778 people globally, with 1.3 million people testing positive.

Finance MEC Pat Ngomane said 675 beds have been made available at these 5 camps “as part of our response and efforts to contain the virus”.

The camps are the Kromdraai camp in the Songimvelo nature reserve near Badplaas, the SS Skosana in the SS Skosana nature reserve, the Zithabiseni camp in the Mabusa nature reserve, both situated in KwaMhlanga, as well as the Manyeleti and Andover nature reserves near Bushbuckridge.

Ngomane said in case additional beds are required, other Covid-19 patients will be sent to the Mpumalanga Regional Training Trust hotel school in KaNyamazane, the Royal Hotel in Pilgrim’s Rest and the Graskop Lodge that have also been identified as quarantine sites.

“If the need arises, all school hostels in Mpumalanga will also be made available,” the MEC said.

(edited by MLM)

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