The government has reiterated that it is on high alert to contain the possible spread of COVID-19 variants in the country, following reports of a resurgence in India.
Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize took to Twitter on Wednesday, 5 May 2021, to endorse a statement shared by the state on the efforts to contain the possible spread of COVID-19 variants. This has become topical following reports of the B.1.617 variant. The variant has reportedly been spreading widely in India, which has also seen a resurgence in the number of new daily cases.
In the statement, Mkhize was quoted as saying, “We remain mindful of the advice from the World Health Organisation that all variants are managed the same: prevention by adhering to non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs), early detection, contact tracing and testing, and quarantine or isolation.” Adding, “These all form part of the regulations that govern the management of COVID-19, and it has been through adherence to these regulations that we have detected and contained COVID-19 cases at ports of entry.”
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[Read] South Africa’s teams remain on high alert to survey, detect and contain the spread of COVID-19 in general, with heightened awareness of travellers from countries where variants of concern (VOCs) are dominating https://t.co/LcbjuYr5TD #COVID19 @HealthZA @DrZweliMkhize pic.twitter.com/JoEwcRSaLX
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