Mkhize: South Africa has passed its COVID-19 peak

Mkhize: South Africa has passed its COVID-19 peak

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize says South Africa has passed its COVID-19 peak adding that the plateau or flattening of the curve has started. 

Zweli Mkhize
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The Minister tweeted on Sunday that things are looking positive for KwaZulu-Natal as the number of new infections in the province is now decreasing. 

"We can say we are over the surge. The plateau has started. Western cape it's been over two months. KZN is also now decreasing. That's indicative of a promising time."

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country has gone up to 609 773. Another 2 743 infections have been recorded since Saturday night. 

Thirteen thousand and fifty-nine people have died from COVID-19 related symptoms. In the last 24 hours, 12 people from KZN lost their lives. 

Over 506 000 people have recovered.

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Mkhize says sticking to the containment measures is crucial and that we need to keep wearing face masks when we leave home, wash our hands regularly and sanitise. 

Mkhize says reports of corruption are devastating. 

"The reports of corruption are devastating. People are taking advantage of their authority over resources. We condemn corruption and want to work together with law enforcement to root out corruption. "

At this point, the Minister says we don't have a shortage of PPE, but there is a challenge in the administration of the equipment which is being addressed. 

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