Covid-19 puts Duncan Village project in the fast lane


On March 27 human settlements, water and sanitation minister Lindiwe Sisulu signed off on an urban settlements development grant (USDG) framework, with specific condition that BCM uses the funds to construct a low-density Duncan Village, which will, in the short-term, help in the fight against Covid-19 and in long-term, “de-densify” the area, mayor Xola Pakati said on Sunday.

Pakati said finer details about the plans would be communicated later this week.

Over the weekend the province’s caseload moved from five to 10 people who had tested positive to coronavirus.

Premier Oscar Mabuyane’s spokesperson Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha said on Sunday all five new cases had mild symptoms and have been isolated in their homes.

He said out of 77 people tested in the province so far, 10 had been confirmed positive for coronavirus.

“As of [Saturday] we had three new cases from Sarah Baartman district, one from Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and one from Chris Hani district.

“The provincial government is working with all five people to ensure that they take their treatment as prescribed, and that they adhere to the treatment protocols including requirements of isolation in their homes.

“Three of the five people had a history of international travelling, while two were travelling locally. The province is now tracing people that came into contact with these five individuals to conduct further tests to ensure there was no transmission of the virus,” Sicwetsha said.

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By:Soyiso Maliti

Source:Daily DispatchLIVE


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