WHO: SA’s Covid-19 situation ‘can be turned around’

WHO: SA’s Covid-19 situation ‘can be turned around’

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has vowed to continue supporting South Africa's efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The country had 482 169 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 309 601 recoveries and 7 812 deaths on Thursday.


The WHO's director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus reassured the government that the situation can be turned around amid the spike in cases.


"We know that South Africa is now facing a serious challenge with community transmission and the increasing number of deaths, I send my deep condolences over those you have lost.


"I send my admiration to your health works who have been working around the clock to save lives and I offer WHO's steadfast support to work with you to defeat the outbreak. 


"It is important to remember no matter the situation I can be turned around, it is never too late. Many countries demonstrated with determination and the right action transmission can be disturbed and lives can be saved," said Ghebreyesus.


He was speaking at the first virtual National Covid-19 Conference on Friday morning.


Ghebreyesus has also thanked the country for taking part in the 20 human Covid-19 trials taking place across the globe.


Listen to Ghebreyesus below:

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