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Hospitals that had created extra facilities for Covid19 patients will not shut them down yet

Speaking to a local newspaper; Health Minister for Kwa-Zulu Natal; Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu; said; "Temporary facilities in hospitals which were created to accommodate patients suffering from Covid19 will not be dismantled yet."

"There are three hospitals in the province that had these extra facilities; Clairwood; General Gizenga Mpanza and King Cetshwayo." She said.

"We will continue to keep these facilities; though we have noticed that the number of people contracting the disease has decreased. If there are no Covid19 patients; these facilities will continue to be used in these hospitals as extra beds. This is because they were made to last for 15 years." Simelane-Zulu continued.

"The facility that is at the Royal Show Grounds in Pietermaritzburg; Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands; will be shutdown. This is because it is not on the Health Department's land and the contract we had with the owners has expired." Said the KZN Health Minister.

"Other facilities that were created in anticipation of the high Covid19 pandemic numbers with certain hotels; will be reduced. We cannot close all of them in case the second wave of infections returns." She said.

Kwa-Zulu Natal Province Minister; Sihle Zikalala said; "The numbers of those recently infected by the Covid19 virus are 500 per day. The EThekwini Municipality leads with numbers of those infected by the virus in the province; by 55% followed by King Cetshwayo by 11%.

He continued; "Although; it seems like the storm has passed; as a Province we decided not to get excited because we see numbers in infections dropping. The National Command Council (NCC) thinks that the second wave of Covid19 infections can still hit Mzansi like in the other countries like China."

"The government does not make it's own decisions; they're advised by the NCC. We cannot make decisions that will lead us to court in future." Said Zikalala

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