Hein Kaiser
Journalist
2 minute read
21 Dec 2021
4:50 am

Relaxing Covid protocols could be ‘suicidal’, says expert

Hein Kaiser

In its letter, the MAC argued that current isolation and testing protocols tend to focus on exposure and symptomatic cases, demanding isolation and testing respectively.

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Any amendment or relaxation of Covid protocols could mean “economic suicide”. This was the view of Medicare24 chief executive Mike van Wyk in response to a leaked letter sent this week by the ministerial advisory committee (MAC) to Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla. The letter suggested that current Covid protocols be re-evaluated. This as South Africa has just been taken off the United Kingdom’s travel red list and infections in the rest of the world continue to surge. Van Wyk said: “By doing away with isolation and contact tracing it’s literally giving the virus free reign, and it is irresponsible.”...