JOHANNESBURG - Professor Salim Abdool Karim says the demand for COVID-19 tests is dropping in South Africa.
The Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Group says it's not because the health department is doing less testing but because the number of people needing tests has decreased.
"If the proportion of tests that are positive is also coming down then it doesn't necessarily mean you are doing less testing, you are just taking fewer cases of people who are suspected of having COVID-19," he said.
Karim says it worked to South Africa's advantage that COVID-19 first broke out elsewhere in the world.
He says there were developments in how the virus can be treated by the time it started spreading in South Africa.
The health department reported 306 new COVID-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 9,604.
Over 8,000 new cases were also confirmed in SA.
The majority of the new cases are from Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
SA's recovery rate is now at 72%.
Watch the full interview with Professor Salim Abdool Karim in the video above.
- Coronavirus Hotline Number: 0800 029 999 from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
Help protect your loved ones by sharing this official South African government COVID-19 service with your family, friends and community.
Send HI to 0600 123 456 on WhatsApp.
The NICD has another Clinician Hotline to improve #COVID19 communication and support for healthcare providers. The Clinician Hotline is 0800 11 1131, operating 24 hrs. The Public Hotline is 0800 029 999 also operating 24hrs.