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It is still unclear how long COVID-19 pandemic will last: Health Minister Zweli Mkhize

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says it remains unclear how long the COVID-19 pandemic will last. He says this is the reason why government is trying to open up the economy and schools, to bring some semblance of normalcy while fighting the spread of the virus.

“When we looked at South Africa and the way the pandemic has been unfolding, it is clear to us that the number of people who are infected is going to increase,” he said. It is also clear that we will be with COVID-19 for a number of years, maybe one year or two years.

Dr Zweli Mkhize

“So during that time it is impossible to suspend the lives of South Africans, it is impossible to say all people must stay at home,” he said. Mkhize visited the Rob Ferreira Hospital in Mpumalanga on Monday after the province recorded its first COVID-19 death.

Until the weekend, Mpumalanga was the only province without any coronavirus-related fatalities. Coronavirus Hotline Number: 0800 029 999 from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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Source: eNCA