Gauteng working hard to curb the spread of COVID-19: Masuku

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The Gauteng Health Department says it is doing everything in its power to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the province. Gauteng currently has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country – sitting at 909.

Latest COVID-19 stats below:

On Friday next week, the Johannesburg Expo Centre – formerly known as Nasrec – will be ready to accommodate patients who test positive for COVID-19.

MEC Bandile Masuku visited the facility earlier on Tuesday.

In this video, Gauteng Health MEC answers questions during visit to Nasrec Expo Centre:

“We are hopeful that the curve as you have seen yesterday is starting to flatten out. But we are going to put more measures so that it stays that flat. I have heard people saying that we are delaying the actual peak and all that. Yes, indeed that is what the whole intention of putting the lockdown. It’s to make sure of lowering the demand and make sure the demand is within what we are available to offer at that particular time.”

Meanwhile, South Africa has received medical equipment from China to fight COVID-19.

China has committed to help South Africa with medical equipment to fight the spread of COVID-19.

China has provided 2.5 tons worth of equipment including surgical masks, protective gowns and thermometers.

South Africa has been the hardest-hit country in Sub-Saharan Africa, with 2415 confirmed positive cases since its first reported case on 5 March 2020.

So far, the country has managed to minimise the number of deaths from the worldwide pandemic, with only 27 people succumbing from this new strain of the coronavirus.

Below is a Live Tracking of the cases, death toll and other information, updated daily: