The Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has stated that reluctance by some South Africans to quarantine and self-isolate in Government provided facilities remains one of the country’s biggest challenges in the fight to contain COVID-19.
This, as more than 11 000 new infections and 93 new deaths are recorded in the past 24 hours.
The Minister has pleaded with all South Africans who are positive to self-isolate and self-quarantine in places, including Government provided facilities, where they do not interact with other people. “We cannot stress enough that this is a critical strategy to break the chain of transmission”, he added.
Reasons for reluctance to use Government facilities include:
- Fear of safety for their homes
- People who look after the elderly or young children and do not have alternative options
- Perceptions that quarantine sites feel like a prison
- Not being able to see girlfriends, boyfriend, wives and husbands etc.
- Not being able to drink alcohol or smoke
Provincial Breakdown – Positive Cases
|PROVINCE||CASES (AS OF 13 JULY 2020)||% TOTAL|
|Eastern Cape||52 058||18,1|
|Free State||5 632||2,0|
|North West||10 525||3,7|
|Northern Cape||1 522||0,5|
|Western Cape||79 344||27,6|
Provincial Deaths & Recoveries
|Eastern Cape||709||32 083|
|North West||36||2 474|
|Western Cape||2 385||59 492|
|Total||4 172||138 241|
** If you think you have been exposed to the COVID-19, please call the government’s 24-hour hotline on 0800 029 999 or visit https://sacoronavirus.co.za/ for more information.
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