Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says the Covid-19 pandemic has assisted South Africa in implementing the National Health Insurance (NHI).

The NHI, which is a financing system that will make sure all South Africans are provided with essential healthcare regardless of their employment.

Parliament’s portfolio committee on health last week Wednesday met to discuss the next steps needed to introduce the NHI bill.

The committee has received 32 227 written and 32 634 emails submission around the bill.

Speaking on POWER Breakfast Monday morning Mkhize says over the past three weeks there has been a decline in Covid-19 cases and deaths.

“For about 3 weeks now we’ve been on a steady decline. We’ve seen other countries where they’ve had almost no cases and then there has been a second wave.”

South Africa recorded 638 517 cases over the past 24 hours, with 563 891 recoveries translating to a recovery rate of 88%.

The country has also dropped to number seven in the world when it comes to cases.

“The numbers of recoveries have increased to about 88% and this is encouraging. South Africa was also number 5 in the world during the peak, we have now dropped to number 7.

“Testing is focused on those that come into hospital or are showing symptoms and healthcare workers.”

Over 100 Covid-19 related deaths have been recorded on Sunday bringing the total number of deaths to 14 889.


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