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Opposition critical of WC govt's handling of COVID-19 pandemic

The Western Cape is the epicenter in South Africa, accounting for around 65% of all infections.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde stands in one of the wards at the CTICC COVID-19 field hospital. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Opposition parties have criticised the Western Cape government's management of the coronavirus pandemic.

The province is the epicenter in South Africa, accounting for around 65% of all infections.

Members of the provincial parliament are participating in a virtual sitting on Thursday.

ANC leader in the Western Cape legislature, Cameron Dugmore, said that the premier needed to investigate the high number of infections.

"Particularly amongst health workers. We know what is going on in Tygerberg, the nurses call us. We know what is going on at Somerset Hospital, the nurses call us."

Premier Alan Winde said that there were sufficient measures in place to ensure the safety of health workers.

"The occupational health and safety specialists at Tygerberg and every single one of our hospital facilities have been working overtime."

He said that a testing backlog of over 18,000 had made the management of the virus challenging.

The Good Party's Brett Herron was concerned that not enough contacts were being traced.

"What consequences have there been for those responsible for the really poor tracing, isolation and quarantining of infected people to date."

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For official information about COVID-19 from the Department of Health, please click here.