Dean of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Nursing and Public Health, professor Mosa Moshabela, said that over the course of the lockdown, South Africa has seen better government coordination in the way that the various ministers have addressed regulations put in place to deal with the virus.
“On the health systems side, we have seen a lot of preparation. The minister of health will always emphasise the need to increase capacity for laboratory testing, wanting up to 36,000 tests a day.
“On top of that, add the relaxation of testing criteria to make sure that there is mass screening of the population. You can see that the Department of Health, the Ministry is using the time to put things in place which we might not have had the time to do, had we not had the lockdown.”
Moshabela is of the view that citizens are taking the lockdown seriously.
Scientists say they could use this data to determine the community transmission rate during the home confinement period.
At least 2,272 people tested positive for COVID-19 so far. These patients were infected in the days before the lockdown.
Government’s top coronavirus adviser, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, said on Monday the figures released over the next week would be crucial.
We know that if we end the lockdown abruptly, we may run the risk of undoing all of the effort and the benefit we have achieved because then we will be putting high-risk and low-risk people to together travelling in the same buses, taxis, and trains,” Karim said.
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