COVID-19: Health Ministers fighting the pandemic globally
The United States remains the epicentre of the disease with over 1.3 million cases
With just over 4 million infections of the coronavirus throughout the world (and counting), the international community is knee-deep in its battle against the respiratory disease.
World leaders are now faced with the grim task of containing the virus which has almost entirely wiped out the economy, but it is the health ministers in their respective countries leading the battle against the disease.
Easing of lockdown regulations
While our very own Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has been widely praised for his stepping up to the plate and actively responding to the crisis, some have questioned his decisions.
The country is currently on level four of the lockdown, which means some activity has been allowed to resume including a window period to exercise outdoors as well as a number of sectors.
Mkhize said there is no need for a hard lockdown in which the entire country has been brought to a standstill, and that government should instead monitor the lockdown in its different phases.
“Even if we made the lockdown longer, it would not have pushed the curve much further than where it is already. At the point at which the president said we need to ease the lockdown, it was based on scientific projections…”, the minister said.
In Spain, which has the second highest number of cases of the disease in the world with over 264 000, Salvador Illa is the man of the moment who’s been praised by some for spearheading the country’s response to infections reaching sky high levels.
On Friday, 8 May 2020, the Spanish government announced several regions which would move to the next phase of its coronavirus de-escalation plan. Illa has urged the public to maintain social discipline as the new normal as well as cleaner hygiene practices.
In neighbouring Britain, Nadine Dorries, a Labour MP is at helm. Dorries herself tested positive for the disease in March, which shouldn’t take away from the sour response to the party’s handling of COVID-19.
Most notably, it is Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who also contracted the virus and spent several days in the intensive care unit of a London hospital and is at the forefront of the government’s response to the global pandemic.
The United Kingdom (UK) currently has 219 000 infections of the coronavirus, and close to 32 000 people have succumbed to the disease.