SA on a downward trend in Covid-19 cases- Karim

CAPE TOWN- The easing of lockdown restrictions in alert level 2 has not yet led to the an increase in the number of Covid-19 infections and all South African provinces are on a downward trend in Covid-19 cases.

Head of the ministerial advisory committee on Covid-19, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, shared these findings during a live interview on eNCA on Tuesday.

Karim said that ten days ago the downward trend was not consistent in all of the provinces, however with additional data it is clear that there is an overall downward trend in all of the country’s provinces

“We’d like to see us get to a point where we are below a thousand cases per day. We’re still at the high end, roughly between three and four thousand cases per day but that downward trend – if it holds – will enable us to get to the kind of level we need to get to.”

The Health Department reported on Tuesday that South Africa’s cumulative cases are 613 017, and deaths are at 13 308. Health minister Zweli Mkhize said the total number of recoveries is 520 381, which translates to a recovery rate of 84%.

“I’m not yet saying that we’re in the clear because we need to have about ten days after we have eased our restrictions. When we look at the data in the next few days, we’ll get a sense of whether the easing of the restrictions have lead to an uptick in the number of cases,” said Karim.

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