- Dr Zweli Mkhize has cautioned South Africans to brace itself for a 'devastating storm'
- With the lockdown easing, numerous citizens are relaxing under the false impression that the worst of the crisis is behind SA
- Briefly.co.za explores the Health Minister's warning that this is far from the case
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has been a soothing voice of reason amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Since the beginning of the outbreak, Mkhize has led the government's public health response with nerves of steel.
However, Mkhize has started singing a far more grim tune in recent times preparing SA for peak infections.
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has noted that the province is at the height of its transmission rate and the rest of the nation seems set to follow suit.
Mkhize has explained that with lockdown relaxing the government has been forced to open the economy in a bid to protect the livelihoods.
With more citizens returning to work the chances of a massive increase in 'new infections' has spiked dramatically. Mkhize explained that:
“Our testing strategy has enabled us to complete over 1.2 million tests in just under four months. We’ve been able to implement a strategy to effectively deal with each area. We’ll focus on the Eastern Cape and Gauteng after moving from the Western Cape, prioritising the elderly, the vulnerable and those with symptoms.”
The minister explained that these plans were put into place in anticipation for the battle that lies in SA's not so distant future:
“We then resolved to embark on what is called the differentiated approach. Now that we have reduced the restrictions and started opening up, we are seeing that the numbers have started to increase. We are moving towards a devastating, decimating storm. There was no way we could keep a perpetual lockdown forever.”
Briefly.co.za reported that the number of fatalities and infections recorded on Wednesday reached an unprecedented high.
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