The Democratic Alliance (DA) has unveiled the party’s coronavirus (COVID-19) Action Plan aimed at lessening the impact of the pandemic on the country’s overburdened public health system.

The plan was launched by party interim leader John Steenhuisen during a virtual media briefing.

Steenhuisen says the plan will ensure better medical treatment for all South Africans and ensure a stronger prevention campaign to reduce the strain on the country’s health system.

“This plan, however, gives government a way out of this crises. It focuses on 10 key points that will be able to ensure that we save both lives and livelihoods going forward. This includes efficient decision-making structures, a coordinated testing programme and an efficient and effective contact tracing. The quarantine and immunisation of facilities, communications campaigns, evidence-based protocols and regulations for this … the rapid (building) of hospitals, the provision of basic oxygen across the country; the staffing of the field hospitals, as well as the re-prioritisations of the funding.”