Restrictions imposed on visiting hours in Gauteng health facilities

2020-03-20 11:49

The Gauteng health department has, with immediate effect, imposed restrictions to visiting hours at health facilities across the province.

According to the department's spokesperson, Kwara Kekana, as of Thursday, 19 March, visiting hours were limited to one hour per day between 12:00 and 13:00.

Further restrictions are as follows:

  • A patient is allowed a maximum of two visitors per day;
  • Only one visitor per patient is allowed at a time for no more than 15 minutes;
  • There is no rotation of visitors;
  • No visitors are allowed outside of the specified visiting hours;
  • For any visits outside the prescribed time, arrangements must be made and authorised by the attending doctor.

"The restrictions follow the declaration of the Covid-19 outbreak as a national state of disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act by President Cyril Ramaphosa and the announcement of the Gauteng provincial government response measures," Kekana said. 

Read: EXCLUSIVE | The terrifying coronavirus projections that pushed govt into lockdown

By Thursday, 150 South Africans had tested positive for Covid-19, Ramaphosa announced. 

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize estimates that about 60% to 70% of people in South Africa will contract the coronavirus, but only about 20% of those will be serious cases. He believes the number of positive cases will shoot up to more than 200 by Friday morning.

He said thousands of South Africans would need to be tested per day, saying that the country's capacity was about 5 000 per day. This, he said, will increase to 15 000 by next week and to more than 30 000 by mid-April.

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