Coronavirus: SA ready to treat at ports of entry, 13 hospitals designated - Mkhize

2020-03-04 11:11
Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize. (Picture: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize. (Picture: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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The South African government was "upping its game" at ports of entry with every province ready to treat people showing symptoms of the coronavirus, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize told MPs.

"We can treat any patient who would land in this country and we have every province ready to treat such people," Mkhize said while briefing Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Health on Wednesday.

The minister said 13 hospitals have been designated to isolate and treat people with symptoms of the virus.

The department was ensuring the floors and arrival halls of ports of entry were being disinfected and has recommended that all immigration officials wear masks and gloves.

Mkhize also addressed whether government has plans around the impact on international travel, which can be read below.

UPDATE: No SA coronavirus cancellations or travel bans for now - Mkhize

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