Covid-19 update: WHO head Tedros Ghebreyesus in self-quarantine

Covid-19 update: WHO head Tedros Ghebreyesus in self-quarantine

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has gone into self-quarantine after coming into contact with a person who tested positive. explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The World Health Organization's head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has gone into self-quarantine.

This comes after the Covid-19 pandemic has claimed nearly 1.2 million lives and infected over 46 million people across the globe. explores the latest updates on the pandemic below:

The WHO head encouraged everyone to follow protocols to limit the spread of Covid-19. Image: Twitter/ @DrTedros
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1. Ghebreyesus in quarantine

World Health Organization boss Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has confirmed that he has gone into self-quarantine.

This comes after the head of the global entity came into contact with someone who had tested positive for the virus.

Tedros commented that he currently is doing well and has no symptoms, taking to social media to say:

"I have been identified as a contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. I am well and without symptoms but will self-quarantine over the coming days, in line with WHO protocols, and work from home."

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Tedros highlighted the importance of following protocols to reduce the spread of the virus:

"This is how we will break chains of Covid-19 transmission, suppress the virus, and protect health systems."

2. Mkhize on latest statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has updated South Africans on the latest Covid-19 statistics.

In a statement issued by the Department of Health on Sunday evening, Mkhize commented that:

"As of today, the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases is 726 823 with 1 371 new cases identified since the last report."

In addition to the infections, Mkhize noted the latest number of fatalities as a result of the virus:

"Regrettably, we report 135 COVID-19 related deaths today: 22 from Eastern Cape, 2 from the Free State, 107 from Gauteng, and 4 from Western Cape."

The minister confirmed that recoveries now stand at 655 330 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%.

Earlier, reported that chairperson of social security systems administration and management studies at Wits University, Professor Alex van den Heever has said that South Africa was unlikely to face a second wave of the virus.

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"We are likely to see a resurgence going into winter next year. We are unlikely to see a significant resurgence before then," he said.

Van den Heever also expressed that it is also unlikely that South Africa will go back to a harsher lockdown. He said that citizens should continue wearing face masks and avoiding large social gatherings.

“Because of the prolonged nature of the pandemic we have to live with the virus rather than assume we can defeat it with extensive lockdowns."

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