Durban North listed as possible Covid-19 quarantine site

DURBAN NORTH has been identified as one of 37 areas around the country that has quarantine facilities which can be used as as part of government’s response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The announcement was made by Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia De Lille today where she said: “One of the key tasks for the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure has been to identify state-owned buildings which could possibly be used as quarantine sites in all 44 districts and eight metros. So far we have identified 37 properties in various provinces,” she said.

The Minister said the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Public Works has advised that a number of properties are available for use as quarantine sites in Durban North, Pietermaritzburg, Richards Bay and Port Shepstone.

By 1pm today the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa has increased to 150, an increase of 34.

At today’s briefing, De Lille said some of the sites will be available to people living in informal settlements where there are no such facilities available.

She said teams from the department’s head office and in all regional offices have been visiting all districts to assess properties and this process was ongoing.

“Some of the sites have already been communicated to the Minister of Health. We have also communicated to Minister Mkhize that the department is engaging with all provincial public works departments and local governments to ensure that we are able to identify possible quarantine sites in all 44 districts and eight metros in cases where there are no available [public works] owned properties,” she said.