Health Minister reduces the isolation period despite mortality rate peaking.
Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize has reduced the number of isolation days for COVID-19 infected patients from 14 to 10 days maximum.
On Friday evening, 17th of July, Dr Mkhize announced that the isolation period will be reduced to 8 days to 10 days being the maximum. He further stated that the decision was based on the guidelines published by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Dr Mkhize’s decision however, made citizens blood to run cold as they are anxious about the outcome of this decision. In recent weeks, the country’s death rate peaked by 216 in exactly 24 hours.
Furthermore, Dr Mkhize’s decision has left many feeling uneasy and lamenting on the worst possible outcome.
Asanda Mathenjwa who has yet to complete his 14 days of isolation feels as though the decision is a bit hasty for a virus that no one is unsure of.
“The reason why it was 14 days was because on the 10th day one will be feeling a lot better and the additional 4 days is for full recovery and certainty that there would be less chances to affect anyone else,” he said.
Mathenjwa mentioned that if a patient left isolation on the 11th day only to have severe symptoms again later putting more people’s lives at risk.
Only a matter of time will tell if the new isolation period will work well with the COVID-19 patients.