Daily Covid-19 reporting, implemented since 2020 by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), has officially ended.
The Ministry of Health made the announcement on Sunday.
Department of Health spokesman Foster Mohale said the reporting was halted due to the reduced severity and transmissibility of the disease, coupled with falling numbers of Covid-19 cases.
“The department, in conjunction with the NICD, has reassessed the existing reporting structures and agreed that it is justifiable to allow the majority of the members of the reporting structures to return to their permanent full-time employment.”
“So this means the department will, beginning August 1, 2022, release Covid-19 surveillance data on a weekly basis, but will continue to monitor the situation closely,” Mohale said.
Mohale said that even though the reports have stopped, that doesn’t mean the pandemic is over.
He said immunization services will remain accessible at designated sites, including some public health facilities.
“So until the World Health Organization (WHO) announces the end of the pandemic, we urge people to get vaccinated and to continue to do all they can to protect themselves against current and future variants. worrying.”
Meanwhile, the NICD says it supports the decision and disputes that the current phase of the pandemic no longer requires daily COVID-19 updates.
“The public should be aware that disease trends and weekly surveillance data largely inform health policy. Therefore, NICD remains committed to its surveillance activities and will continue to report COVID-19 surveillance data. as usual, with data being published in existing weekly monitoring reports.
In April, President Cyril President Cyril announced the end of the national state of disaster in an address to the nation.
During the live proceedings, the president said the country’s state of disaster was “necessary” to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Until the pandemic is over and the virus remains with us, those conditions no longer require that we remain in a national state of disaster.”
Ramaphosa said the pandemic will be managed in accordance with the National Health Act, hence the decision to end the state of disaster.