The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Northern Cape has criticised the provincial Health Department for allegedly not being forthcoming with information regarding COVID-19 statistics in the province.

Northern Cape DA leader, Andrew Louw, says more detailed information about confirmed infections in the province should be made public.

Louw says the provincial Health Department has the responsibility to keep Northern Cape residents fully informed to avoid a potential increase in transmission.

“People need to get accurate data. They need to know what is the status of every municipality, every town and every ward because at the moment, I find it very distasteful that in this very serious situation that we’re in for the coronavirus, the department is not cooperative as far as that is concerned.”

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The provincial Health Department has refuted allegations that it is concealing information.

“I just want to make an appeal again to the DA not to play to the gallery. If you are following our weekly briefing, this is exactly the information that they are asking for. We are giving the breakdown of the screening per district. We are giving updates on a regular basis. but it’s fine, I’m going to give them the information in that has been in the media the information in that has been in the media,” says Health MEC, Mase Manopole.

The department says it is bracing for more potential infections after people recently returned to the province following the national relaxation of travel restrictions.

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