Rorisang Kgosana
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
25 Jan 2021
5:44 pm

SA’s Covid-19 infections slowing, but don’t celebrate yet

Rorisang Kgosana

The reduction in South Africa's Covid-19 reproduction rate means government can consider gradual reductions in lockdown regulations, like easing the booze ban, and a sophisticated approach to keeping infections low should be considered going ahead.

The Covid-19 variant found in India is said to be more contagious. Picture: iStock

South Africa’s Covid-19 reproduction rate has declined, meaning each person infected with the virus is likely to transmit it to fewer people, but this doesn't mean we can throw caution to the wind. Instead, it is time for government to come up with a sophisticated plan of relaxing lockdown restrictions. According to research by Reproduction Live, which assesses Covid-19 infection rates across the world, South Africa has seen a decline in numbers comparable to that of the first wave, which their numbers show was at a 0.7 in July 2020. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases, however, recorded a reproductive...