The World Health Organization has warned against using 'herd immunity' as an excuse to let Covid-19 spread. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic in South Africa.
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The World Health Organization has issued a warning over so-called herd immunity, slamming the notion as unethical.
This comes as some nations claim that more people would be protected if more citizens were exposed to the virus.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest stories on the pandemic.
1. WHO slams 'herd immunity' as unethical
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, has warned against deliberately allowing Covid-19 to spread in the hopes of obtaining 'herd immunity'.
Ghebreyesus slammed the idea as unethical during a recent press briefing, explaining that:
“Herd immunity is a concept used for vaccination, in which a population can be protected from a certain virus if a threshold of vaccination is reached."
Tedros felt the need to clarify that the idea didn't work without first protecting people from the virus with a vaccine:
“Herd immunity is achieved by protecting people from a virus, not by exposing them to it. Never in the history of public health has herd immunity been used as a strategy for responding to an outbreak, let alone a pandemic.”
2. Mkhize on latest statistics
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has updated South Africans on the latest Covid-19 statistics.
Mkhize provided an update on the latest number of infections in a statement released on Tuesday:
"As of today, the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases is 694 537 with 1 178 new cases identified since the last report."
The minister also reported the latest number of fatalities, commenting that 165 new deaths had been recorded:
"Regrettably, we report 165 more COVID-19 related deaths: 31 from Eastern Cape, 28 from the Free State, 50 from KwaZulu Natal, 31 from Gauteng, 5 from Limpopo, 4 from Mpumalanga, 5 from Northern Cape and 11 from Western Cape. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 18 028."
Mkhize also noted that recoveries now stand at 625 574 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has requested more time to prepare his 2020 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement due to the complexity of the nation's economic situation at the moment.
In a statement issued by National Treasury on Wednesday, it was revealed that National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise had acceded to this request with the approval of the Parliamentary Programming Committee pending.
The minister cited that the pandemic's effect on the nation's finances as the leading contributors to the delay, with the statement continuing to say that:
"The Minister has made this request having taken into consideration the complex and unusual circumstances visited upon us by the Covid-19 pandemic, which included the tabling of a Supplementary Budget in June 2020. The Ministry of Finance and National Treasury have had to adjust and consultation of the budgetary process."
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