Health Minsiter Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa now has 554 confirmed cases. The minister says the number of cases has gone up much higher than it was expected.
Once we stop large movement of people we reduce the risk of spread, says Health Minister Mkhize.
Mkhize expect that the numbers will increase, but he expects in the next week or two, for numbers to decrease.
“It will take us a couple of weeks before we see a turnaround,” he adds.
The provinces with the highest infection rate:
302 cases have been reported in Gauteng
113 in the Western Cape
80 in Kwazulu-Natal
The Minister says it is important for the number of positive cases in the country and for treating everyone and finding their contacts. There are penalties of up to ten years in prison for medical staff who do not. To do so is a legal obligation. There is a form to be filled in and we can go back to it and see who did not act in accordance with the law.
Minister Mkhize ask all South Africans to “work with us”. If there is resistance, we will enforce the law. If someone is positive, we will ask the patient who he was all in contact with. That’s so we can all detect and test. Usually, not all are high-risk patients, but we need to do the necessary tests.
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