South Africa (SA) now has nearly 25 000 additional beds available for quarantine as confirmed cases in the country continue to rise, confirmed President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday.
He said they have been able to source and produce substantial quantities of personal protective equipment for health workers, vital medical equipment and other supplies.
“The valuable time which the lockdown gave us, we have managed to significantly expand our screening and testing programme,” said Ramaphosa.
Ramaphosa said all field workers have now screened over 9 million people, and they have conducted nearly 370,000 coronavirus tests.
“This is the largest and most extensive public health mobilisation in the history of our country,” he said.
Ramaphosa said this massive intervention in South Africa has been made possible by the hard work and dedication of thousands of community workers, nurses, doctors and other health workers.
He said they made great sacrifices to ensure the success of the lockdown.
“By answering the call to stay at home and stay safe, you, the people of South Africa, have helped us to save many lives,” he said.
Ramaphosa said as they have strengthened the public health response during this lockdown.
“We have introduced several vital measures to support the companies, workers and households that have been severely affected by the lockdown,” said Ramaphosa.
The government has introduced an economic and social relief package worth over R500 billion to help companies in distress.
Also to save jobs and to provide some income to informal workers and poor households.
Ramaphosa said since it was established, the special Covid-19 relief scheme of the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has paid out more than R11 billion to 2 million employees employed by over 160,000 companies in distress.