Jweli Makhije said that due caution will be taken towards people coming from India to South Africa through other countries.
South African Health Minister Jewley Mkhize (pic- Twitter @DrZweliMkhize)
South Africa Says No Direct Covid Risk From India: Many countries of the world have expressed concern over the second wave of Coronavirus in India and the ‘double mutant’ variant found here and have advised their citizens not to go to India. Most countries have banned flights coming from India, as well as asking their citizens residing here to leave India immediately. Meanwhile, the statement of Health Minister of South Africa on India is very much in the news. He has said that his country is not directly at risk of corona virus infection from India.
Mkhize has assured the people that due vigilance will be taken for those coming from India via other countries. The minister made these comments during the briefing of the Health Committee of Parliament (Zweli Mkhize on India). Mkhize said on Tuesday, “I want to assure you that we are aware of the situation but we also know that there is no direct flight from India that a lot of people are expected to land here.”
Belgium imposed a ban
Belgium had banned the entry of Indian and South African nationals a day earlier, after which Mkhize said that proper vigil would be taken against people coming from India to South Africa via other countries. He said, ‘The problem of these restrictions imposed from countries is that people can go through other parts of the world and by the time they reach here, they are bringing anything directly from India, it is not known why We have to keep this in mind.
‘Keeping an eye on the situation’
Mkhize said, “We are monitoring the situation and we have not received any indication that there is any direct risk to South Africa in this regard but we will continue to monitor the situation.” The condition of corona virus in India has worsened. Over the past several days, more than three lakh people have been getting infected daily, while the death toll is breaking new records every day (India Coronavirus Cases). Due to which the health system is getting affected and there is a huge shortage of beds, essential medicines and oxygen in hospitals.
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