The DA wants the government to prioritise local healthcare professionals in the fight against COVID-19. South Africa has now confirmed more than 4,700 COVID-19 infections and 90 deaths.
On Monday, over 200 Cuban medical professionals landed in the country to join the fight against COVID-19. The team made up of doctors and specialists will be deployed across the country.
But DA MP Siviwe Gwarube said South African specialists and healthcare workers must be used to their capacity before relying on foreign aid that potentially comes at a cost. Gwarube said the party welcomes assistance from all corners but said local resources must be fully utilised.
The SA death toll has the sharpest rise by 7 more fatalities, taking us to 65 people. 5 people from the Western Cape and 2 more from KZN.
— Siviwe Gwarube (@Siviwe_G) April 22, 2020
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In other news – COVID-19: SA cases rise to 4996, death toll at 93
The health minister is giving a live briefing. You can follow it here. In a media briefing on Tuesday evening, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said that the Covid-19 was still showing no signs of abating worldwide, with the US having passed the 1 million infection mark and deaths at more than 214,000 globally. Overall more than 3 million had already caught the coronavirus. Read more