Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize has thanked big business and the national lottery for its donation of 100 000 reusable cloth masks for frontline health workers. The minister also made use of the opportunity to confirm the latest COVID-19 statistics.
Dr Mkhize made the announcement at the Ithuba Holding Offices in Krammerville in Johannesburg, where he and Police Minister, Bheki Cele, received a large consignment of Personal Protective Equipment and other resources from the private sector.
The number of coronavirus cases in South Africa has increased to 8 232 from 7 808 on Thursday. The Western Cape has the highest number of cases at 3 994 with 79 deaths.
As the country ramps up its fight against the virus, the private sector has stepped in to offer a helping hand. Donations ranged from Personal Protective Equipment, fuel to transport essential staff and services, other resources that could assist in curbing the spread of the virus.
Chairman of Ithuba Seth Phalatsi says, “Ensuring the safety of health care workers is the least we can do.”
“We proud to be able to join government efforts by donating much-needed resources,” adds Bank of China CEO, Tao Li.
The ministers of health and police encouraged other private sector players to follow suit.
Dr Mkhize says, “This donation is adding a new color to the whole fight because our challenge now is that those in the frontline must be exemplary. They need to ensure they can protect themselves. Durability is a trend we are seeing. We have seen a lot of creativity where people are creating new masks.”
Coronavirus cases at Correctional Service facilities
Earlier, the Department of Correctional Services has recorded three new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of positive cases to 172. The new cases involve officials.
The number of recovery cases has increased to 84, following the recovery of 24 officials from the Western Cape.
Below is a breakdown of the latest COVID-19 stats at Correctional Services: