New phase of COVID-19 pandemic imminent, says expert

South African Medical Research Council CEO Dr Glenda Gray says the country is now moving into a new phase in its battle against COVID-19. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - South African Medical Research Council CEO Dr Glenda Gray says COVID-19 isn’t going anywhere.

This means the country has to up the fight to prevent transmission.

Gray says South Africans must contribute to flattening the curve.

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She said South Africa is moving into a new phase in its battle against COVID-19.

This "new phase" comes amid warnings of increased civil disobedience and a critical briefing on the reopening of schools expected on Tuesday.

Dr Gray said while the lockdown has helped to slow the spread of the virus, there must now be a focus on making sure transmissions are minimised as we enter new phases of the lockdown.

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"We have to be ready in our hospitals, we have to make sure our health workers have adequate PPE, enough oxygen points," she said.

"We also have to implore our citizens to respect social distancing, wear masks, wash [their] hands at least ten times a day, keeping surfaces clean, and once you touch a surface, wash hands again. Don't stay too close to people," Dr Gray advised.

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