Government mum on location of 170 quarantine sites

Government mum on location of 170 quarantine sites

Picture for illustration. A nurse walks inside a quarantine room at the finished but still unused building A2 of the Shanghai Public Clinical Center, where COVID-19 coronavirus patients will be quarantined, in Shanghai on February 17, 2020. / AFP / POOL / Noel CELIS

Government and the private sector are working together on securing 170 sites for quarantining possible Covid-19 infected, with a prominent hotel chain having offered to make some of their facilities available for use.

While the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has identified 170 sites across all South Africa’s nine provinces – comprising 44 district and eight metro councils as being suitable to be used as coronavirus quarantine sites – the Department of Health was mum on Thursday on details about where these would be situated. According to DPWI ministry spokesperson Zara Nicholson, the sites would be made up of government and private sector-owned properties. Enquiries by The Citizen on the exact locations for the quarantine sites drew a blank when calls and WhatsApp messages to spokesperson Popo Maja went unanswered. “At...




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