Health Minister Mkhize Calls Out False Information by UK Health Secretary

Written by on 28 December, 2020

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says there is evidence that the United Kingdom variant developed earlier than the South African variant.

This follows a statement by the Secretary for Health in the United Kingdom, Matt Hancock, which has created a perception that the variant in SA has been a major factor in the second wave in UK.

This arguement stems from these utterances by UK Health Secretary, Matt Hancock,

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Meanwhile Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says this is incorrect.

He says on the 14th December, the UK reported to the World Health Organisation that a variant had been identified and traced back to 20 September 2020 in South East England-

This was approximately a month before the South African variant appears to have developed.

Mkhize adds that they have consulted with the genomics team who have assured them that, at present, there is no evidence that the 501.V2 is more transmissible than the UK’s variant- as suggested by British Health Secretary.


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