South Africa has recorded yet another exponential increase in Covid-19 cases.
The number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in South Africa has shot up by 698, bringing the tally to 11 350 on Tuesday.
This is according to health minister Zweli Mkhize. He was speaking during an International Nurses Day address in KwaZulu-Natal as it is commemorated on 12 May.
“Each one of us can do something to contain the infection. It is within our powers to defeat it. We must follow the preventative rules.
“We are here today to honour the men and women on the frontline. In many ways, they are the face of our healthcare,” says Mkhize.
He urges citizens to continue with hygiene practices as a means to contain the spread of the virus.
“This outbreak will only be defeated if the community understands the issues of handwashing, sanitising, coughing and sneezing into your elbow etc.
“Each one of us can do something to reduce contracting the virus and each one of us can do something to reduce the spread.”
South Africa is currently under level four lockdown since 1 May. This means more sectors of the economy are active, people can order hot foods for delivery as well as purchase essential winter items including blankets and heaters.
It is also mandatory for citizens to sport face masks when they step outside their homes to purchase groceries, to seeks medical attention, to report for duty as an essential service worker as well as when they board public transport.
Social distancing is also to be maintained.
Alcohol and cigarettes cannot be purchased under lockdown.