Joburg prepares for more burial spaces as a result of the Covid-19
The City of Joburg is leaving nothing to chance when it comes to burials in anticipation of more deaths over the next coming months as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This was revealed by mayor Geoff Makhubo when he made a presentation to parliamentary committees yesterday. There is “517 hectares of burial space identified,” read Makhubo’s presentation. Makhubo added that the city has the highest number of confirmed cases in Gauteng, with 1057 infections.
A total of 81% of patients with confirmed cases have recovered as of March 5 and 0.8% mortality rate has been recorded. A lower mortality rate, higher recovery rate and fewer active cases is what the City of Johannesburg has achieved during the lockdown,” he said.
He also said the city had so far screened 2239 employees and 107 tested positive. The city has ensured that a third of its workforce (13969) and 1885 staffers above the age of 60, with a presence of underlying diseases, work from home.
Makhubo said the city needed to establish the effect it would have when certain staff in JMPD are requested to remain home. The mayor further told MPs about measures to ensure water disruption is minimised as extra teams have been put in place. A total of 926 tanks were delivered to improve water provision. Up to 1421 chemical toilets have been delivered to informal settlements.
Makhubo said 65 market, office, and transport facilities were identified for deep cleaning, and 61 deep cleaning operations were already completed. He also said the city and the Gauteng provincial government were working on a sanitation pilot project at Bara taxi rank.
The lessons learned will be used to relook Rea Vaya and Metrobus bus stops. The intention is to ensure the entire public transport system is reorganised to minimise the spread of Covid-19 but deliver much-needed services.
Makhubo highlighted that they have identified 167 facilities for isolation and/or quarantine use and eight were used for homeless shelters. An additional budget has been requested to partition and ensures the relevant services are available.
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