Gauteng still leads with the highest number of positive COVID-19 cases, sitting at 865.

Of this figure 62 cases are hospitalised in various facilities across the province. There are 350 recoveries so far in Gauteng.

With the rise in cases, the Gauteng Health Department reiterated Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s message which recommended the use of cloth masks for the general public.

“Face mask are recommended as an addition to golden rules of good hygiene and social distancing. The face mask should never be promoted as our primary prevention strategy and should never be promoted separately from handwashing and social distancing measures.

“Face masks are recommended for use by the general public in order to ensure that N-95 masks and surgical masks are available to be used by healthcare workers who are at the front line of the battle against COVID-19,” said the provincial department.

MEC Masuku thankful for donations

Meanwhile, the Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku has extend its gratitude to all donors who have heeded the Department’s call for equipment and services to fight the spread of the pandemic.

“The department is grateful for the support from BMW, Peugeot, Old Mutual, EOH Abantu, BEVSA, Wantai Biological Pharmacy Enterprise, Hoosen Wadiwala Incorporated, SAME Foundation, MTN, Samsung Africa, ECG Clinical Wear, Airborn, Capitalworks-Investment, Sahiba Foundation, Simplykids Academy, Envision Brand, Rentokil Initial South Africa, Anglo Gold Ashanti, Epiroc South Africa, Lona Citrus, Gift of the Givers Foundation and Azure Cosmetics Trading and many others who have donated in kind.”

The donations range from personal protective equipment (PPEs), vehicles, communication devices, consumables, bedding facilities, food items including those that have offered their services free of charge.

However, the Department has urged all those who wish to make financial contributions to donate it to the SA Solidarity Fund.

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