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Lingering threat of second-wave keeps Nasrec field hospital open

The Gauteng Health Department says the Nasrec field hospital will remain open until January, as it closes the other three quarantine/isolation sites. The Times quotes Health Department spokesperson Kwara Kekana as saying Nasrec will not close because the threat of COVID-19 infections has not completely reduced in the province at the moment.

“Due to low demand for services in these facilities, and the need to make use of the venues by the owners, Telkom and Transnet sites were closed in August and September respectively, while the Eskom site is expected to be closed by the end of November,” she said.

“Nasrec will only close after January 2021, which is a key milestone post the festive season. The department will be monitoring the festive season period closely as it relates to COVID-19 infections.”

The Nasrec facility was one of four facilities that were contracted by the provincial government to be used for isolation and quarantine of COVID-19 positive patients in the province. The other sites were Telkom in Olifantsfontein, Transnet in Esselen Park and Eskom in Midrand.

[link url="https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2020-10-20-nasrec-field-hospital-to-remain-open-as-gauteng-health-department-closes-3-quarantine-sites/"]Full report in The Times[/link]

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