Professor Salim Abdool Karim joined the Health Minister on Monday.
The Professor explained the different phases of COVID-19 in South Africa.
The Professor says that South Africa initiated the first four phases. The first was the preparation, the second was the declaration of a national disaster that closed our schools and borders. We then moved on to phase three where we stopped people from having contact.
The fourth phase was our work in our communities said Professor Karim.
The fifth phase is to find out exactly where infections occur in large groups.
We need to monitor the containment, monitor the average daily new cases and the cases in our communities through our tests.
We currently have an average of two new cases per day.
We had 76 new cases in the first week of restriction.
In the second week, there were an average of 67 cases per day.
If you are part of the new cases today, you lit two weeks ago – before the restriction.
That is why next week is important.
Because then we will find out what the level of ignition in communities is.
On April 18, we will know if infections in communities that are currently low are accurate.
We are 95% confident that the number of new cases per day will be between 45 and 89 per day.
If the average number of daily cases after that is between 45 and 89 cases, we must continue the restriction. If it is less, we can begin to relax the restriction.
The sixth phase is about medical treatment and our readiness levels.
Our field hospital must be ready.
We do not want people to go to hospital if they are not seriously ill. They can be treated in field hospitals.
The seventh phse is the mourning process. We need to prepare people psychologically for it.
A disease like corona has very small fires. If you do not have the people at the ground level to do so, it can cause serious problems.
The deployed healthcare workers are now helping to put out those fires. We will now focus on that the professor said.
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