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Sihle Zikalala sets up team to action govt's plan against coronavirus in KZN

Premier Sihle Zikalala said the provincial command team that would fight the spread of COVID-19 would be formed by the province's highest-ranking officials.

FILE: KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala in the provincial legislature on 22 May 2019. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN.

DURBAN - KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala on Wednesday said the provincial government had established a command team to implement President Cyril Ramaphosa's plan of action against the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The command team will develop a provincial checklist as well as ensure early detection and the availability of resources to train more health-care workers.

The premier said the provincial command team that would fight the spread of COVID-19 would be formed by the province's highest-ranking officials.

“We’re establishing a provincial command team, which is composed of the premier coordinated by the Department of Health MEC.”

Zikalala said the team would prioritise the province's most vulnerable communities.

“The team shall correspond to all questions regarding water by-laws to invoke the part of management of the containment of the spread of the virus…”

He announced on Wednesday that the country's first COVID-19 patient had been cleared of the virus.

He said he was optimistic that most patients in the country would be cleared of the virus as had been the trend globally.

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