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COVID-19: WHO will send ‘reinforcements’ into South Africa

A team of medical experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO) will be flown into South Africa this week, in a bid to prevent a COVID-19 resurgence.

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has confirmed on Wednesday that the World Health Organisation (WHO) will send a team of experts to our shores in a bid to halt the spread of COVID-19. South Africa has experienced a meteoric surge in cases and deaths over the past few weeks, leading to this need for ‘reinforcements’.

Confirmed: WHO to send specialists to South Africa

The deployment has already started, as the first 17 specialists will arrive in the country later on Wednesday. Another 26 experts will eventually travel to Mzansi, bringing the total mission up to 43. As Mkhize states, the high number of infections at home has encouraged the government to ask for this international support.

Although we have seen some slight improvements in the COVID-19 transmission rates, South Africa remains in the top five worst-affected countries in terms of registered cases. However, Mkhize has hinted that the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) will meet next week, and some restrictions could be eased.

COVID-19: Zweli Mkhize warns of ‘second wave’

Speaking during a public address on Wednesday morning, the health minister also confirmed that bed and oxygen supplies have not been exhausted, and cautioned against the notion of people ‘letting their guard down’:

“The WHO has agreed for their reinforcement as we continue to implement our national response as we know SA is among the five countries with the highest number of infections. We will send 43 specialists to the country. The first 17 experts will touch down in SA today and undergo quarantine for 14 days.”

“We have not breached our bed capacity and many of our field hospitals are not filled to capacity and we continue to monitor this as we manage the surge. The real risk of experiencing the “second wave” of the pandemic remains, so containment measures must never be abandoned.”

Zweli Mkhize