- A total of four KwaZulu-Natal coronavirus patients have fully recovered
- This included the first citizen to contract the virus and his wife
- This snippet of good news comes as a relief as citizens await further regulations
The KwaZulu-Natal health department has confirmed that four coronavirus patients have made full recoveries.
Among the patients is 'Patient Zero', the 38-year-old Midlands man who was the first confirmed case of the virus in South Africa, and his wife.
Two other citizens were also released over the weekend after all patients tested negative for Covid-19 twice.
One of the patients was a 79-year-old man, which provides some hope that the elderly, who are more at risk, will be able to receive successful treatment.
Premier Sihle Zikalala briefed the nation on the development and added that a day of prayer was being organised for later this week.
Responding to threats from religious leaders who snubbed the regulation over large public gatherings, Zikalala commented that:
“We respect all people, and treat them with respect. Nobody will have a gathering of 100 people or more. We will not allow that to happen. We want to issue a message that cuts across: You cannot have any mass gatherings, this is a directive that must be observed.”
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that South Africa is waiting for President Cyril Ramaphosa's address on the situation.
Consultations over the weekend provided Ramaphosa with some insight into the possible paths forward for the nation in the face of the pandemic.
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize revealed that predictions showed a high possibility that 60% to 70% of the population in SA would be affected by the coronavirus.
The minister urged citizens to practice good hygiene and social distancing in an effort to avoid a situation where the health sector is overwhelmed by the outbreak.
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