SA's COVID-19 cases raise eyebrows

SA's COVID-19 cases raise eyebrows

By Daniel Itai, Pretoria, South Africa

Social Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu, has expressed serious concerns over the country’s COVID-19 cases and the level of complacency.

“The increase in the number of COVID-19 cases since we moved to alert lockdown level one are really disturbing. People are out and about as if everything is normal.

They are not following COVID-19 protocols. However, we are going to continue calling on our communities and our community leaders to continue adhering to COVID-19 regulations.

At the same time, I would like to wish Minister Mkhize and his wife a speedy recovery after they tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. He has done a sterling job in raising COVID-19 awareness as well as combating it,” said the Minister.

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Moreso, Prof. Salim Abdool Karim, Chairperson of the COVID-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee, said people should not be complacent as this could lead to a resurgence of the virus.

“We have to remember that this virus is spreading like wildfire in Europe and America where its summer so people should not let their guard down. They should continue adhering to COVID-19 protocols, wearing of masks, washing of hands and physical distancing,” said Prof. Abdool.

To date, the southern African country has since recorded more than 700 000 COVID-19 cases with 18 471 succumbing to the virus making it the country with highest number of COVID-19 cases and fatalities on the continent. Globally, COVID-19 cases have since surpassed the 40 million mark with more than one million succumbing to the virus.