BBC: South Africa 'ruthlessly efficient' in fight against coronavirus

BBC: South Africa 'ruthlessly efficient' in fight against coronavirus

- South Africa's response to the coronavirus pandemic has been more 'efficient' than many other countries, according to the BBC

- With the exception of excessive use of police force, the publication applauded the response

- However, in line with Health Minister Zweli Mkhize's views, the worst is still expected to come

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South Africa's exhaustive efforts to combat the continued spread of the coronavirus have garnered international attention.

The BBC released a report indicating that, in comparison to other countries, SA has been on the ball:

"South Africa seems to have acted faster, more efficiently, and more ruthlessly than many other countries around the world."

Under the 'formidable' leadership of President Cyril Ramaphosa, the report says no time was wasted in taking decisive action.

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize's praise was also sung by the publication during its review of the situation with the politician applauded for his 'no-nonsense, energetic performance'.

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However, the use of excessive force by both the police and the army has been noted, along with the confusion over some regulations.

The social inequality present in the country was also noted, with the BBC recognising the difficulty of practising social distancing and good hygiene in the more vulnerable regions.

Nevertheless, the nation's collective effort to combat the situation was well-received. With the first week behind Mzansi under one of the 'strictest lockdowns', the state which is 'attacked as corrupt and inefficient' and the private sector that is often viewed as 'aloof and greedy' are rising together to face the 'greatest challenge this young democracy' has ever encountered.

Briefly.co.za reported that Mkhize had announced the latest statistics for the spread of the disease, noting 1 462 cases and five fatalities.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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