COVID-19 ministerial advisory committee chairperson Professor Salim Abdool Karim has explained why it is difficult to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Karim says flattening the curve of the virus is more achievable. Speaking during a Zoom briefing alongside Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and other health experts, Karim shared the reason why it is difficult to eliminate the virus.
Pre-symptomatic infectiousness: People spreading it without knowing it before they get ill.
Asymptomatic infectiousness: People spreading it without ever knowing before they have the infection.
Rapid spread: Infected person can infect +- 2 others
Superspreaders: Such as patient 31 in South Korea
Repeated waves: Even when initial epidemic controlled, ever-present risk of new epidemics, for example Singapore. Coronavirus Hotline Number: 0800 029 999 from 8 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday.
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In other news – COVID-19: South Africa records over 1 800 new cases as Mkhize reports 34 new deaths
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize briefed the media on Friday evening, 29 May 2020 regarding lockdown level three, and released the current COVID-19 figures as well.
Minister Mkhize was joined by members of the Ministerial Advisory Committee, senior officials from the Department of Health and the leadership of Health Entities, as well as SAHPRA, NHLS, and NICD. Read more