Minister of the Presidency Mondli Gungubele provided an update on the health of the president after he tested positive for the virus on Sunday. He revealed that the president is in good spirits as he recovers from mild Covid-19 symptoms.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is in good spirits as he continues to recover after contracting Covid-19. The president has remained steadfast in his call for South Africans to get vaccinated.
Gungubele said, “The president continues to recuperate, symptoms continue to subside and we are awaiting the day when he's out of isolation to reconnect with South Africa and do his work”.
He revealed that president Ramaphosa continues to call on South Africans to get vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus while observing all health and safety protocols. “This will help save lives, reduce the need for hospital admissions, allow businesses to remain open and enable people to work and earn an income” said Gungubele.
Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla revealed that the Department of Health is concerned by the declining vaccination rate in the country. He says the vaccination rate initially spiked after the announcement of the Omicron variant but has since declined drastically. He adds that at the current rate, South Africa won’t reach its target of vaccinating 70% of the population.
He said, “we need to reach 70% which is over at least over 250 000 [doses] a day so we are well over a 100 000 short of the vaccine coverage for us to reach our population immunity and protect the nation”.
Phaahla also revealed that the number of people being hospitalized due to Covid-19 illness has increased over the past few days. He said, “Over the last seven days, there has been a 70% rise in admissions, even though total admissions as of yesterday were still low at 7 614”.
Of the more than 80 000 Covid-19 tests that took place in the past 24 hours, 24 785 tests came back positive. This represents a positivity rate of 30.9%. There are currently 210 635 active cases of Covid-19 in South Africa. An additional 36 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hour cycle.