No more self-isolation, North West declares

Any person testing positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus in North West will not be allowed to self-isolate, but instead will be placed in a monitored quarantine facility, the provincial government has resolved

2020-03-29 10:30:00 PM

Any person testing positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus in North West will not be allowed to self-isolate, but instead will be placed in a monitored quarantine facility, the provincial government has resolved

Any person testing positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus in North West will not be allowed to self-isolate, but instead will be placed in a monitored quarantine facility, the provincial government has resolved.

One of the recorded cases of failed self-isolation is one that saw a wild search, ending late on Friday night, for a Rustenburg man whose live-in partner had fallen ill, sought medical care and tested positive. She was unable to give police details of the whereabouts of her partner.

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The problem is that people who test positive but are asymptomatic or not hospital candidates do not adhere to instruction of self-isolationMadoda Sambatha, the provincial Health MECAccording to the provincial health department, the man was traced and found in Mahikeng, attending a funeral and taken to Tshepong hospital in Klerksdorp for medical care.

Madoda Sambatha, the provincial Health MEC and convener of the province’s Covid-19 task team, expressed serious concerns that most of the people instructed to be in self-isolation were not complying and thus increasing risks of spreading the deadly virus.

Sambatha yesterday said government was identifying guesthouses, lodges and hotels that would be turned into government quarantine facilities in the four provincial districts.“The problem is that people who test positive but are asymptomatic or not hospital candidates do not adhere to instruction of self-isolation. We cannot afford to have such people moving around uncontrollably any more. People are misbehaving and we cannot leave them. That is carrying a high potential of escalating numbers of new infection cases internally and could lead us to a point where we’re unable to cope. We don’t want to get to that point, hence our resolution,” he said.

It is cases like the two in Rustenburg that people did not adhere to self-isolation. That has resulted in an increased burden for governmentMadoda Sambatha, the provincial Health MEC“We’ll put them in our facilities, we’ll feed and take care of them and have security around them. People are misbehaving and this calls for us to force them to otherwise take all other precautionary measures. Otherwise efforts to prevent the spread would be in vain.”

Sambatha said there was another case in Bojanala district, which covers Rustenburg, where a person who was asymptomatic went to test and while awaiting results decided to go to work. Results came back positive.“It is cases like the two in Rustenburg that people did not adhere to self-isolation. That has resulted in an increased burden for government because we have no choice but to deal with those people who came into contact with the infected person. We have to track everyone they may have made contact with at work and the funeral in Mahikeng and elsewhere. In another case in Dr Kenneth Kaunda district we had a case of a man who was in self-isolation at a guesthouse and he was traced to Ekurhuleni in Gauteng when checked upon on Friday,” he said.

The forced quarantine decision was to be implemented “so that every person tested positive but not a hospital case is placed in organised and managed isolation for 14 days”. “This will have financial implications, but our view is that it’s worth every cent rather. Better than leaving positive people to be on the loose where they fail to adhere to self-isolation orders and infect others.”

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Shortages of essentials like sanitisers, masks and rubber gloves among others, were issues the province was battling withOn the first day of Friday’s lockdown, a bus transporting students from the Western Cape to North West and Limpopo was stopped in Mahikeng. The bus had already dropped other students in Taung and Vryburg on Friday. “It was decided that the bus would not proceed any further. It was sent back to the Western Cape while we took over the transportation of the remaining students to Zeerust, Rustenburg and Jane Furse in Limpopo,” Sambatha said. “A decision was taken that police must open a case against the university, the bus company and the driver.”

Sambatha acknowledged that the lack of public transportation – due to government’s restrictions on taxis because of the lockdown – has had an impact on the movement of healthcare workers to and from work, as well as people needing to buy essential goods.

“Due to this, workers found themselves without transport outside of the taxis’ operation time in the morning. Taxi operators are using this and other issues like limited operation times and social distancing to bargain to operate throughout the day and demand payment for empty seats.”

Sambatha said those who do not own vehicles, especially people from rural areas, who needed to travel to and from their nearest towns to shop were also finding themselves stranded at taxi ranks without transport after shopping.Shortages of essentials like sanitisers, masks and rubber gloves among others, were issues the province was battling with, just like other areas, Sambatha added.

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But EFFSouthAfrica wanted this from the beginning when that Italian man in KZN tested positive and was allowed to go home but no MYANC let white privilege lead the way. You really love black people's photos on your VOVID19 lies Penxenxe MagaselaMzobe I see you've been lobbying Omph_metse Yep people don’t listen

As it should be True indeed MalumDube I don't think thats the problem. What happens is that after testing, people do not self isolate. People won’t test... Dankie 👌🏾 That is the best decision ever... That's the way to go Amandla premier.... Now we getting some where 🤦‍♂️ DrZweliMkhize this is the way to go.

North West has figured this thing out! Had the small stance been taken for all provinces, we wouldn't have 1000+ positive cases How many of you are going to voluntarily test knowing a positive result will put you into a government led quarantine? I support this 100%. CyrilRamaphosa you should do this if you are serious. You quarantined students from China by force. Do likewise with the rich who are testing positive and take Andile Mngxitama's advice and do compulsory testing and those who test positive isolate.

Good. Good direction NW Province Leadership 🙏🏽 Very ill informed and reckless. Murendi Leadership...don't even understand why this self-isolate was allowed to start with hai... Exactly how it should be done. 🔥 Finally someone does something. This should have been done from the 1st case Totally behind you. It not only reduces infection rates in society, but protects family members. Especially the children. Thank you North West

And why is it just NW? Should have been this way from beginning countrywide! Best decision LaurieAClaase As should be the case EVERY person who has tested positive 💁🏽‍♀️ That should be the case countrywide otherwise the 21 days will be meaningless I think that would be best because people refuse to listen and take instruction.

That's leadership there. Good decision. Clearly self-isolation is not working seeing that there are local transmissions occuring. Leadership This was the best option for gauteng but yet they release those patients to self isolate(not all of them will do that) NorthWestZA The status quo should remain countrywide. But ke, le re talletse

Great move. The self Isolation move doesn't work. That is what should be happening nationally. That is the only way we can defeat this thing. I believe the whole country should do the same🤷 Especially if people are running to other Provinces after testing That's the way to go Pali_Dwabz 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 *sigh* strains of Albinoni's Adagio wafting on the wind

Eff proposed this to the national government with haters not looking at the bigger picture saying stupid things anyway well done NW 👊👊👊 sthembete Hate to say it but best decision and should be extended nationally. Self-isolation at home spreads to the entire family. China’s success was thanks to removing infected people from their homes

kgakantsho That should have been the case for SA from the beginning.... I don't understand how could SA not close down boarders and use mandatory quarantine for those who tested positive and those who come from the affected countries... we are in this mess because of poor decision making. Good Where are they going to found a facility with 100,000 beds?

Good idea This should have been done throughout the country. Good move by NW government. Good decision. Good decisions,self isolation is unworkable in SA it has been proven by arrests of infected persons who ran away and mingled with others intentionally aware of their infectious status. I envy North Korea in some respects

I hope it will be sustainable given our growing numbers, infrastructure challenges and constrained budget. ZANC2EFF That's leadership That's leadership and it will protect their families If they find them when they get the results 7 days later. Missfeliciam I bet he's a black person Missfeliciam 😩it starts whites were self isolating now black people will be thrown into a concentration camp to die🙏

Long overdue it was said by members of EFF ,I hope other province will follow Excellent This should have been the direction all along. Other provinces, follow!! Thank you NW government, lead by example and show our national government how it supposed to be done 🙏 That should be the case country wide. Yes good move they run away from.quarantine word of advice monitor the MEN no respect for authority put big 🔐 in quarantine meleko batho ba

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