Health minister Joe Phaahla stated that he is thrilled to announce that there has been no spike in COVID-19 infections, 11 days after the local government elections. The department of health held a virtual briefing on COVID-19 and the vaccination rollout programme. Phaahla revealed that there is no province that indicated a spike until now.
”Thus far, not a single province or district has shown signs of a spike of COVID-19 infections. We have continued to monitor the situation with experts from our National Instutute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) and also from COVID-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee.”
The local government elections were ruled to move ahead after the uncertainty that they would be the super-spreader event for COVID-19. This concern was raised due to political rallies spreading the virus but the South African courts still ruled that the Independent Electoral Commission must hold the elections on the 1st of November. The elections have been taken as a test on Cyril Ramaphosa’s leadership since he was elected as President in 2019.
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