Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Friday described the impact Covid -19 had on ordinary citizens as “painful”.
Speaking during his visit to Pietermaritzburg 's Greys Hospital to mark a year since the first case was reported in the country, Mkhize said the pain of being unable to visit family members in hospital has been unbearable.
"Even after family members have passed on people could not have proper closure due to Covid-19 restrictions," he said.
Greys Hospital was the first health facility in the country to admit a Covid-19 patient.
The patient, who is now referred to as patient zero, is from Hilton in Pietermaritzburg.
Mkhize was accompanied by KZN Premier, Sihle Zikalala and health MEC, Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu.
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