The NDoH has issued a statement acknowledging the new COVID-19 variant, following reports of a resurgence of cases in India.
The National Department of Health (NDoH) took to Twitter on Tuesday, 4 May 2021, to endorse a statement circulated by the state. The statement affirmed that the department is on high alert as it relates to the COVID-19 B.1.617 variant.
News of the department being on high alert comes on the back of reports of a resurgence of cases due to circulating variants of the virus in India. Questions on why the government did not formally implement a travel ban on India amid these reports have come to the fore. In addressing the matter, the statement noted, “The Minister (Dr Zweli Mkhize) said there were currently no direct flights from India.” Adding, “Government has consulted members of the Ministerial Advisory Committee to advise on the approach to manage travellers from countries that have variants of concern.”
See the post below.
[Read] Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has assured the public that South Africa is on high alert for the B.1.617 Coronavirus variant @HealthZA @DrZweliMkhize @nicd_sa https://t.co/jEMpBejQwY pic.twitter.com/rbDsCJcNGE
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