Tebogo Msimanga |
The World Health Organization (WHO) commended the government of South Africa for its determined efforts that have helped to bend the COVID-19 pandemic curve. WHO said it is greatly encouraged by the ongoing measures to suppress the spread of SARs-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
South Africa is now in the sixth consecutive week of declining number of confirmed cases, currently recording fewer than 2000 cases a day. Two months ago, it was recording about 12 000 cases daily. There has also been a steady drop in demand for hospital beds, ventilators, oxygen and other essential medical needs.
However, with a cumulative 653 000 cases, the country still accounts for nearly half of all cases in Africa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged the support of the WHO surge team of experts that has been deployed to South Africa for their contribution in supporting national and provincial efforts in key response areas.