Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize has outlined various strategies that have been put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections in Western Cape.

Mkhize was in the province with President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday to assess the progress in setting up COVID-19 interventions.

“There is a lot of integration of strategies and approaches into the issues that have been raised. We have focused on our hotspot strategy; the issue of sub-division of districts into sub-districts for more intensive interventions,” Mkhize said.

“We have already sent the team of Cuban specialists to come assist in the Western Cape. We have about 28 of them in this province. There have been other additional reinforcements.”

Mkhize said quarantine and isolation strategies need to be strengthened.

“The area that we’ve identified as needing a lot of strengthening in the provincial strategy is the issue of quarantine and isolation. This is the area that I think we need to focus on strongly to ensure that we can cut the cycle of infection,” Mkhize said.

“A lot of discussion has gone into this and we’ve seen how various departments have come together…who have offered additional beds so we can reach the numbers that we need.”

Mkhize said there is still a need for more dedicated COVID-19 beds.

“We need to push to up to 30,000 beds. The focus has got to be on those who have turned positive in the past two weeks; that’s where the large source of infection is coming from,” he said.

“We are not only dealing with positive cases; we are also dealing with the contacts. This is the area where we believe we are going to make a concerted effort to break the cycle of infection.”