- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has issued an appeal to SA to join the fight against Covid-19
- With peak infections ahead, Mkhize acknowledged that citizens are frustrated with the lengthy battle against the pandemic
- But the minister warned that efforts should be renewed for the sake of the nation, admitting that the government can't overcome the virus alone
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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has issued a statement pleading with South Africans to focus on the fight against Covid-19.
The minister admitted that the government is unable to overcome the pandemic without the aid of citizens:
"As Government, we have mobilized every resource, every faculty and wherewithal at our disposal to effect the necessary interventions. But government cannot manage this unilaterally. Every single South African now needs to focus on adhering to recommendations pertaining to non-pharmaceutical interventions."
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Mkhize raised concerns over the lack of preventative measures at a time where the risk of contracting Covid-19 remains high:
"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. We see poor or no social distancing in communities. Masks are being abandoned or not worn properly and there is laxity setting in around frequent hand-washing."
The minister reminded the nation that the continued rise in cases was due to the lack of following basic rules:
"We do not have a vaccine. We do not have a 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. We have already proved this during the lockdown. It remains in each and every citizen’s hands to admonish family members, colleagues, friends. who refuse to adhere to measures that protect lives by limiting the spread of this virus."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Mkhize had warned the nation of the coming 'storm of Covid-19 infections.
Despite having been under lockdown since late March, SA is expected to peak in the coming months.
On Saturday evening, Mkhize confirmed that SA has recorded over 13 000 new infections bringing the total number of cases up to 350 879 and fatalities to 4 948.
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