Gauteng won’t release confirmed COVID-19 stats for areas, here’s why


141 days ago

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku has clarified why the province has taken a decision not to release confirmed COVID-19 stats for specific communities in the province.

The province has launched testing and screening sites across Gauteng targeting mostly township areas.

On Friday, Masuku and Premier David Makhura visited one of the sites in Diepsloot after a nurse tested positive for coronavirus. Diepsloot has a population of about 300,000 people and due to the high density of people living in the area, social distancing is hard to observe.

Health officials have so far screened more than 12,000 people and tested just over 1,000 since April.

During an inspection in the area Masuku was asked why the numbers could not be made public as per the area.

"What he have seen is that it increases stigma, it increases discrimination and increases prejudice. I'm not saying there won't come a time where we have to, but we are cautiously utilising the information as public health officials so we can plan and have an effective response," Masuku said.

A nurse who tested positive for the virus is in isolation and recovering well. Her co-workers have since tested negative.

Meanwhile, Makhura said he was impressed with the conduct of many residents, saying they were now beginning to be aware of the dangers of COVID-19.

This article first appeared on EWN : Gauteng won’t release confirmed COVID-19 stats for areas, here’s why

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