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SA health minister Mkhize slams UK government for Covid-19 variant claims

FILE: Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESURG – The Health Department said there’s no evidence that the COVID-19 variant recently identified in South Africa is more dangerous or transmissible than the one driving infections in the United Kingdom (UK).

In a statement issued on Friday night, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said he’s concerned about the perception created in a briefing by the UK government that the variant in South Africa has been a major factor in that country’s second wave.

Earlier this week, the UK confirmed two cases of the mutation from residents who had travelled from South Africa.

As a result, the government imposed an immediate restriction on travel between the two countries.

Mkhize said there is evidence the UK variant developed earlier than the South African one.

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He maintains that non-pharmaceutical interventions and strict containment measures are important to reduce the risk of transmission. – Eyewitness News 

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