COVID-19: ‘South Africans are letting down their guard’


Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, just before sending out the daily COVID-19 numbers, sent out a statement for all South Africans, begging them to take the necessary precautions against COVID-19 more seriously.

In an excerpt from a statement delivered on 28 June, Mkhize reiterated his call as we enter the eye of the storm, so to speak. 

COVID-19: SOUTH AFRICANS MUST REMAIN FOCUSED

Mkhize said government has mobilised every resource to effect the necessary interventions but it cannot manage it unilaterally. 

“Every single South African now needs to focus on adhering to recommendations pertaining to non-pharmaceutical interventions,” he said. 

“We are extremely concerned that fatigue seems to have set in and South Africans are letting down their guard at a time when the spread of infection is surging,” he added. 

Mkhize said government has seen poor or no social distancing in communities. He also said masks, an essential item at this point,  are being abandoned or not worn properly, while laxity sets in around frequent hand-washing. Due to these “shortcomings,” Mkhize said it will no doubt influence the rise in numbers in the next two weeks. 

“We must all appreciate that there is a direct causal link between the surge of cases and our ability, or inability, to adhere to these very basic principles,” he said. 

NO VACCINE, NO CURE 

Soon after Mkhize’s plea, he released the COVID-19 numbers for the day, citing an increase of more than 13 000 cases in the last 24 hours. 

At the time of publishing, there are 13 285 confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa. With an increase of 144 deaths in the last 24 hours, there are now a total of  4 948 deaths. 

Mkhize also reported 182 230 COVID-19 recoveries, which translates to a recovery rate of 52%.

As infections continue to rise, Mkhize reminded citizens that there is no vaccine and no cure. 

“Our ability to break the cycle of infection depends on our willingness to remain focused and disciplined and take non-pharmaceutical interventions seriously. We can beat this pandemic together,” he said. 

“We have already proved this during the lockdown. It remains in each and every citizen’s hands to admonish family members, colleagues and friends who refuse to adhere to measures that protect lives by limiting the spread of this virus,” he added. 





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