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Mpumalanga to tackle coronavirus heads-on

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Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane. Photo by Anna Ntabane, Mpumalanga Guardian
Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane. Photo by Anna Ntabane, Mpumalanga Guardian

by ANNA NTABANE
MBOMBELA, (Mpumalanga Guardian)
THE Mpumalanga Provincial Government has assured residents of its readiness to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Premier Mtshweni-Tsipane and Member of the Executive Committee (MEC) for Health, Sasekani Manzini, gave the pledge.

Mtshweni-Tsipane said the local government had already tested and quarantined nine people.

This followed the diagnosis of a couple from Germany.

“We didn’t wait until a person was diagnosed positively. We got into action as a province as soon as we heard that coronavirus was looming everywhere,” the premier said.

“This is not an infection that is only brought about by people who have travelled abroad, but locally too,” she added.

Mtshweni-Tsipane urged citizens to complement government efforts to curb the spread.

“The moment you pick up symptoms, you better rush to the hospital early because it’s better early than later. Don’t resort to home medication, people must be thoroughly tested and treated.”

South Africa is battling an escalating spread of COVID-19.

Hundreds of cases have been confirmed.

“Our response we’ll equipped to fight coronavirus head-on,” Mtshweni-Tsipane said.