COVID-19: Rise in cases expected in 10 days - Karim

The National Command Council is expected to brief us at 2pm this afternoon on the eased regulations. To discuss this further we are joined by Professor Salim Abdoool Karim, chairperson of the COVID-19 ministerial advisory committee. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Professor Salim Abdool Karim says within ten days, South Africa should expect a slight rise in COVID-19 cases.

This will come with the reopening of some economic sectors.

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"We need to be aware that the threat is ever-present. We need to ensure that infections continue to decline. We expect that there may be a slight increase in cases. Around the 28 of August. If we don't see that, or if we see a small increase, we can be confident that the easing has not had a major impact."

He's urging South Africans to continue practising strict measures to prevent infection.

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The COVID-19 death toll in South Africa is 11,839.

According to the Health Department, 8 out of every ten people who've tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.

The recoveries are now at 472,377, translating to a recovery rate of 80%.


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