According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), South Africa is not ready for relaxation of the lockdown.
As of 19th May 2020, South Africa has 17200 cases and 312 deaths.
On Tuesday night the Health Minister during a briefing discussed the statistics and projections of COVID-19 in South Africa when he went on to discuss information received by the WHO.
Health Minister said that the WHO has warned that South Africa currently shows no sign of infections “declining”. Plans to ease the lockdown has not been advised by the WHO as South Africa does not currently meet the criteria.
“The WHO has said that we need to start showing that the numbers are declining, and infections are not increasing. We are nowhere near that.”
In response to the recommendation by the WHO, Health Minister responded to say that South Africa is fighting to balance the hunger issues, job protection, food security and issues regarding the economy.
The Minister said during the briefing that the positive side is that community transmission remains low if you exclude Western Cape and Eastern Cape.