During a media briefing on Saturday [May 9] Health Minister Zweli Mkhize expressed his concern that all persons infected with coronavirus are not isolating themselves.

In a new strategy, everyone in the Western Cape who tests positive for the virus will be hospitalized, even if they are asymptomatic or only present mild symptoms unless they are able to prove that they are self-isolating to the required degree.

“People will be kept in hospital not because they need treatment but until they are past the point where they are infectious,” he said.

The Cape Town International Convention Centre is due to open as a field hospital in June, and will contain  over 800 beds.

The Western Cape is now the epicentre of the virus, with almost 5 000 cases.

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Anita Froneman