Covid-19 update: Isolation period reduced, SA ranks 6th globally

Covid-19 update: Isolation period reduced, SA ranks 6th globally

The recommended isolation period for Covid-19 patients has been reduced to 10 days. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic in SA.

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that the recommended isolation period for Covid-19 patients has been adjusted.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest on the pandemic:

1. Mkhize reduces recommended isolation period to 10 days

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that the isolation period for Covid-19 patients has changed:

"Tonight we wish to inform South Africans that the recommended isolation period for patients with confirmed Covid-19 infection is reduced from 14 to 10 days."

This adjustment comes after evidence that most patients shed the virus earlier, explained the minister:

"This recommendation is based on evidence that most patients with a mild Covid-19 infection continue to shed the virus from their upper airways for approximately 7-12 days. Furthermore, the presence of detectable virus when testing does not necessarily imply infectiousness. It has been proven that in mild cases, virus cultures are generally only positive for 8-9 days after symptom onset."
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Mkhize explained that evidence has shown patients shed the virus earlier. Image: GCIS
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2. WHO: SA has 6th highest Covid-19 infections globally, most deaths in Africa

The World Health Organisation has confirmed that South Africa is now registering the highest number of Covid-19 related fatalities in Africa.

In terms of infections, South Africa has ranked sixth overall, surpassing the UK, Spain, Chile, Mexico and other nations.

However, when considering the global death toll, South Africa ranks relatively low when it comes to the number of fatalities.

3. SA records 337 594 Covid-19 cases

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed the latest Covid-19 statistics relating to SA's outbreak.

In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, Mkhize noted an influx of infections:

"As of today, a cumulative total of 337 594 confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded."

The number of fatalities also rose with Mkhize expressing his condolences to the families of the deceased:

"Regrettably, we report a further 135 COVID-19 related deaths- this brings the total cumulative deaths to 4804. We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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