Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said the way COVID-19 is spreading through the country is changing. The Western Cape has become the epicentre of new infections followed by Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Mkhize said one of the major problems in the Western Cape is cluster outbreaks in essential services. We may need to deploy additional support to those areas,” he said.
The minister briefed a joint virtual meeting of parliamentary health committees on Monday morning. He said the country has not performed badly in the area of testing, but will be keeping a watch on the supplies of the diagnostic kits.
Mkhize says social gatherings like funerals are contributing to increasing numbers. The minister responded to a question about how quickly the country will return to normal.
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He said there will be areas where “return to normality” will be quicker. He said the country cannot expect it to be symmetrical in all areas.
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In other news – Bonang Matheba ask Mzansi why they are finishing yeast in stores
The ban on the sale of alcohol in Mzansi for the remainder of the lockdown period, has forced many South Africans to explore different ways to quench their thirst. This includes brewing homemade alcohol. Although it is illegal to do so, some have been brave enough to share their recipes and the final products on social media.
The ingredients of the homemade alcohol include a yeast which helps to ferment the alcohol. Now these days getting yeast from the shelves in-store has become a luxury. Production of it has been put on hold as it is not an essential item, but another reason could be the fact that South Africans, have been hard at work brewing alcohol with it. Read more