Mkhize: No need for Covid-19 stats according to race – until now

2020-05-28 09:05:00 PM

South Africa’s Covid-19 statistics have not been classified according to race, but discussions to do so will be conducted.

South Africa’s Covid-19 coronavirus statistics have not been classified according to race – up until now, but discussions to do so will be conducted.So said Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, who was speaking during a World Health Organisation (WHO) Africa media briefing on Covid-19 in the region.

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On Wednesday, EFF MP Naledi Chirwa first posed the question during the National Assembly’s first sitting since lockdown, wanting to know “how many black people have been infected and how many have died” and “how many white people have been infected and how many have died”.

Mkhize had reportedly said that the spread of Covid-19 had nothing to do with race but was rather about social conditions such as observing social distancing and adhering to all safety measures.The impact of the infection is increasing but we believe it’s still within the scope of our existing health services to contain.

Minister Dr Zweli MkhizeOn Thursday, Mkhize said during the briefing: “We have not released statistics based on race. [But] that issue has been raised by some of the political parties now. There hadn’t been a need for that up to now. What we can say is that the nature of the pandemic has evolved from imported cases, linked to people who had travelled to Western countries in particular.

“We (then) entered into lockdown and had internal transmission of the disease. The people affected would obviously be the black population because the rate of spread is higher in more densely populated areas – but we haven’t got those numbers that we have published yet but it’s something we will discuss and bring up when necessary.”

The country currently has 25 937 cases of Covid-19 with 13 451 recoveries.At least 634 996 tests have been conducted and 552 people have died.Mkhize as well as his counterparts – Dr Jane Aceng, minister of health from Uganda, and Dr Kailesh Kumar Singh Jagutpal, minister of health and wellness from Mauritius – gave overviews of how their countries had been responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.

as governments ease lockdown and other social measures it’s important that strong public health measures are in place all over territories.Dr Zweli MkhizeMkhize expanded on how South Africa had increased its hospital bed capacity and its human resources as well as some of the interventions that had been put in place to mitigate the expected spike in the number of people needing care once the pandemic had reached its peak in the country.

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“At the moment we have 1 000 people in hospital and with less than 200 of them in ICU. All in all, we believe that in the future we will see more of the clusters (cases) arising in certain areas as we return to normality but we hope to contain them as we move.

“The impact of the infection is increasing but we believe it’s still within the scope of our existing health services to contain,” he said.Mkhize continued: “Our major challenges still remain availability of diagnostic kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) – which are a constraint around the world. Working as a continent, we are looking at ‘pool-procurement’ to be able to access more of the PPE and diagnostic equipment. We want to call upon the countries where it is possible to manufacture and produce this material, that there should be equitable access to therapeutic agents and vaccines so we can all deal with the pandemic equitably.”

Read:Fraudsters make millions from Covid-19 protective gear scamsDr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Africa regional director, said the continent had just more than 100 000 cases of Covid-19, and the cases were increasing rapidly.“Reported cases have tripled in five countries and doubled in 10 countries, noting that most countries still have fewer than 1 000 cases.

“This means that as governments ease lockdown and other social measures it’s important that strong public health measures are in place all over territories, and work to strengthen health systems and services continues and that communities are empowered to take preventative actions,” she said.

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Thats nonsense, other countries are showing the numbers according to race also. It’s still not needed, unless you want to help sick people according to race like the relieve fund is helping businesses only if you are not white. All the necessary information including the high risk ppl had been said but ppl want more,so they want to wake them up? Or then what after?

People are dying and the government got time for shit statistics, that won't stop people from dying WTF! Who the HELL are YOU DrZweliMkhize or ANYONE ELSE GovernmentZA in South Africa To state there hadnt been a need up to NOW to afford and release ALL OFFICIAL AND TRUTHFUL STATISTICS for Sars-CoV-2 aka COVID-19 in RSA NOT limited to the Different Population Percentages?

We want to know the stats on deaths how many smokers? Here loads a new vehicle to demonize minorities. He is already demonizing Capetown. Phase two loading of dividing SouthAfrica by race even further. I can hear the rhetoric already. 'You see, the whites gave covid19 to us' they will bleat. Release those stats. Why some info is kept away from us.

You so foolhardy minister, DrZweliMkhize. SAfrica is replete with racism and class subjugation, thats our reality, the only singular unequal society on earth, compared to others. Therefore, Race and Class-based corona deaths and stats are only true measures of our success or not Why does it matter? That's a bad idea

How soon? I'd also be happy to know specifics regarding exact locations of hotspots. It is a stimulating virus. It accelerates existing pandemics in the body. it is apparent from covid deaths.Most of the passed away citizens had certain pandemics in their system. Stastics which need to be requested are those based on citizens with different existing pandemics

Its a pandemic. It doesn't have to do with race relations. It has no racial immunity. It is a hibernating virus. Excessive in the heated sun. The conclusion is that those who use sun tan creams are more prone to the coronavirus. Those biracial people will have to undergo a pencil test as well as a COVID19 test.

Seems obvious sir. but it's understandable why it must be done We await...

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