Mkhize: COVID-19 patterns are changing

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says the way COVID-19 is spreading through the country is changing. Western Cape has the highest number of cases followed by Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Mkhize says social gatherings like funerals are contributing to increasing numbers. #Day32ofLockdown #LockdownEasedRegulations

 

JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said the way COVID-19 is spreading through the country is changing.

The Western Cape has become the epicentre of new infections followed by Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

Mkhize said one of the major problems in the Western Cape is cluster outbreaks in essential services.

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"We may need to deploy additional support to those areas," he said.

The minister briefed a joint virtual meeting of parliamentary health committees on Monday morning.

He said the country has not performed badly in the area of testing, but will be keeping a watch on the supplies of the diagnostic kits.

READ: Parts of KZN may remain on Level 5 lockdown

Mkhize says social gatherings like funerals are contributing to increasing numbers.

The minister responded to a question about how quickly the country will return to normal.

He said there will be areas where "return to normality" will be quicker. He said the country cannot expect it to be symmetrical in all areas.

Mkhize stated there will be many trials before a vaccine can be found.

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