The NDoH has released a statement acknowledging the shared concerns of the possible importation of COVID-19 variants at ports of entry, particularly from those coming from high-risk countries.
The National Department of Health (NDoH) took to Twitter on Tuesday, 4 May 2021, to share a statement confirming that, much like the general public, it is also concerned about the number of reported cases at entry ports. Moreover, the statement also affirmed that the department is aware of the possible spread of the new B.1.617 variant, which has spread across India.
According to the statement, three travellers from India to South Africa have raised alarm; one of which fell ill shortly after arrival and is currently in isolation. The other two are said to be asymptomatic but remain in isolation.
According to the department, the most dominant variant in South Africa is the B.1.351 variant. The statement read, “We have registered the great concern South Africans have expressed over possible recent importation of variants of concern (VOC’s). This has been a difficult area during the COVID-19 pandemic, which can often drive exclusion, mistrust and sometimes even racist rhetoric.”
See the post below.
We have registered the great concern South Africans have expressed over possible recent importation of variants of concern (VOC’s).
This has been a difficult area during the COVID-19 pandemic, which can often drive exclu- sion, mistrust and sometimes even racist rhetoric. pic.twitter.com/hNJ314MmDi
— Department of Health (@HealthZA) May 4, 2021