Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says the country is working hard to address various concerns emanating from the spread of COVID-19.

Mkhize was addressing a World Health Organization virtual press conference on Friday alongside his counterparts from Thailand and Uzbekistan.

According to Mkhize, some of the main concerns at this stage of South Africa’s COVID-19 response includes fatigue among the general public and healthcare workers.

“The concerns that we have to take into account are pandemic fatigue in the population, with low adherence to public health measures. There is also the exhaustion and fatigue of frontline health workers whom we must thank for all the work they have done in fighting COVID-19,” Mkhize said.

Mkhize said South Africa has continued on a plateau (in new COVID-19 cases), with 1500 to 2000 daily new positive cases, 732,414 cumulative cases, a 91% recovery rate and a 2.7% fatality rate.

“We have learnt a lot of lessons. Firstly, that the issue of national coordination, leadership and governance with various structures becomes important. An evidence based response is important to make sure science leads everything. Issues of fatigue must be given attention; a private and public partnership is important; and the economic impact is a major issue,” Mkhize said.

“By learning from other countries that are experiencing a COVID-19 resurgence, measures have been taken to prepare for, detect and promptly respond to our resurgence. There is a national plan of action to mitigate the COVID-19 resurgence.”