There is no direct risk of COVID-19 infections to South Africa from India, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has said, assuring the people that due vigilance exercised for those coming from India via other countries. Mr. Mkhize made the comments during a briefing to parliaments health portfolio committee.
Speaking a day after Belgium slapped a ban on both Indian and South African citizens entering the country, Mr. Mkhize said due vigilance would be exercised for those coming into South Africa from India via other countries. This problem of all these restrictions from countries is that people can go via other parts of the world and by the time they get here they won’t be showing anything direct from India so that is an issue which we must just keep in mind.
We have been monitoring that situation and we don’t yet have any indication that there is a direct risk to south Africa in this regard, but we will continue to monitor the situation, Mr. Mkhize said. The Minister said similar problems had been experienced in the U.K., Europe and America, so South Africa just had to be very vigilant to manage this kind of situation.
The Minister also said that there was no need for alarm after reports of other variants coming out in other parts of Africa, in particular Tanzania.