Mkhize appeals to SA not to let guard down as Covid-19 deaths top 5,000
The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in SA has reached 364,328, with 13,449 new cases identified, the health ministry said on Sunday night.
SA's total fatalities are now 5,033, with 85 new deaths registered at the weekend. The number of recoveries stands at 191,059.
On Saturday, the department said recoveries totalled 182,230, which translated to a recovery rate of 52%.
Over the weekend, health minister Zweli Mkhize appealed to South Africans to do more to help prevent the spread of infections.
“As government, we have mobilised every resource, every faculty and wherewithal at our disposal to effect the necessary interventions. But government cannot manage this unilaterally.
“We are extremely concerned that fatigue seems to have set in and South Africans are letting down their guard at a time when the spread of infection is surging,” he said.
“We see poor or no social distancing in communities. Masks are being abandoned or not worn properly and there is laxity setting in around frequent hand washing. This will directly influence the rise in numbers in the next two weeks.”
The minister cautioned: “We do not have a vaccine. We do not have a cure.”
“Our ability to break the cycle of infection depends on our willingness to remain focused and disciplined and take non-pharmaceutical interventions seriously. ... It remains in each and every citizen’s hands to admonish family members, colleagues, friends. who refuse to adhere to measures that protect lives by limiting the spread of this virus.”
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