ZIMBABWE’S southern neighbour South Africa has overtaken several countries in the world as it is now in the top five countries with the most coronavirus disease cases.
According to the latest Worldometer Coronavirus charts, the Cyril Ramaphosa led country has 364 328 positive cases.
Ahead of South Africa is the United States of America on top position with 3 898 639 followed by Brazil with 2 099 896, India with 1,119,412 and Russia with 777,486 cases.
In terms of number of deaths, South Africa has 5 033 while 191,059 have recovered from the coronavirus disease
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize yesterday delivered an ‘urgent and important’ plea to all South Africans around the country’s flagging response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“As Government, we have mobilized every resource, every faculty and wherewithal at our disposal to effect the necessary interventions. But government cannot manage this unilaterally.
“Every single South African now needs to focus on adhering to recommendations pertaining to non-pharmaceutical interventions,” he said.
“We are extremely concerned that fatigue seems to have set in and South Africans are letting down their guard at a time when the spread of infection is surging. We see poor or no social distancing in communities.
“Masks are being abandoned or not worn properly and there is laxity setting in around frequent hand-washing.”
The minister said this will directly influence the rise in numbers in the next two weeks. “We must all appreciate that there is a direct causal link between the surge of cases and our ability, or inability, to ad- here to these very basic principles.
“We do not have a vaccine. We do not have a cure. Our ability to break the cycle of infection depends on our willingness to remain focused and disciplined and take non-pharmaceutical interventions seriously.
“We can beat this pandemic together. We have already proved this during the lockdown,” he said.
“It remains in each and every citizen’s hands to admonish family members, colleagues and friends who refuse to adhere to measures that protect lives by limiting the spread of this virus” bemoaned the minister.