Amanda Watson
News Editor
4 minute read
13 Mar 2020
6:00 am

Covid-19 – The true test for SA starts now

Amanda Watson

The country's infection numbers are slowly creeping up, and the overcrowded conditions in our informal settlements and elsewhere are sure to present challenges.

A woman wearing a protective face mask walks out of the Belhar Clinic in Belhar, near Cape Town, on March 12, 2020. Picture: RODGER BOSCH / AFP

Even before the echoes had died down around the World Health Organisation declaring Covid-19 infections a pandemic, South Africa was able to add four more cases to the world total of more than 129,977, and even registered a false positive case in the Free State. Since the first report of a patient who presented with the novel coronavirus eight days ago on 5 March, SA now has 17 confirmed cases, with one patient allegedly on the way to a full recovery, and one more with kidney disease believed to be in a critical condition. And critically, with the South African...