The number of people allowed to travel in private cars in Swaziland (eSwatini) will be restricted as part of the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Chief Ndlaluhlaza Ndwandwe, Minister of Public Works and Transport, said all public transport vehicles would be expected to carry no more than 70 percent of their full capacity while private vehicles will be required to carry no more than 60 percent from Saturday 4 April 2020.
Minister Ndwandwe told a press briefing on Friday (3 April 2020) : ‘Government shall assist public transport with supplies for sanitising passengers and disinfecting their vehicles. When those supplies are depleted, public transport operators shall provide accordingly.’
At the same briefing Lizzie Nkosi, the Swazi Health Minister, said Swaziland hoped to be able to analyse coronavirus tests at the kingdom’s own laboratory in Mbabane ‘from next week’.
She said an engineer would arrive at the laboratory on Sunday to upgrade facilities.
At present tests are sent to South Africa. More than 350 tests have been returned to date and there have been nine positive cases recorded. No deaths have been reported.
Nkosi has also announced that her ministry would embark on an ‘active case finding exercise’ from Saturday. ‘About 2,000 people were ordered to self-isolate last week. We will be going out to screen those people and we request for their cooperation,’ she said.
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