Health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize face criticism after revealing that the lockdown helped to flatten the curve and gave the ministry time to prepare health services.
“The lockdown helped to flatten the curve and gave us time to prepare health services,” he said.
Mkhize also adds that although flattening the curve is an everyday effort, there’s need for people to be aware of the dangers of COVID-19.
“We are now dealing with internal transmissions. We have seen a 25% increase in positive cases in the last week.
The number of deaths is showing an upward slope, with the most numbers in the Western Cape,” said Mkhize.
Health Minister also reveals that 59 677 tests have so far been done and almost 12 922 were done yesterday of which 2999 of yesterday’s tests were from community testing.
Mkhize adds that the number of tests in all provinces are large and 33% of tests have been done in Gauteng which is also one of the hotspots of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Zweli Mkhize’s utterances drew criticism as citizens inquired why the COVID-19 cases are going up instead of slowing down if lockdown really helped flatten the curve.