Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Sunday that the worst of the Covid-19 crisis was over.
“We are over the top. The Western Cape reached its plateau more than two months ago. KwaZulu-Natal’s cases are also starting to decline, ”says Mkhize.
He says although the worst is over, the Covid-19 regulation must still be strictly adhered to and precautions must remain in place to curb the spread of the virus.
South Africa has recorded 2,728 new cases of Covid-19 since Saturday, bringing the total number of cases to 609,773 by Monday. ŉ A total of 13 059 people died due to the virus and 506 470 have already recovered.
Mkhize says at this stage there is no shortage of protective equipment (PPE), but the country is experiencing a challenge with regard to the administration of the equipment. This follows in particular the Gauteng PPE contract scandal, where tenders for especially Covid-19 equipment were awarded to people with ANC ties or their immediate family and friends.
“The reports of corruption are devastating. People are abusing their position of power to take advantage of government resources. We strongly condemn this corrupt behavior and will work with our law enforcement to eradicate all corruption by root and branch, ”said Mkhize.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), said at a media conference in Geneva, Switzerland on Friday, that if health workers in South Africa died due to PPR corruption in government, it would be tantamount to murder.
“The lives of health workers who work without protective equipment are endangered. They also endanger the lives of the patients they work with. That is why PPE corruption is unacceptable, ”said Ghebreyesus.