Health minister Zweli Mkhize has cleared the air regarding whether one should or should not wear a face mask in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic compounded by anational lockdown.
During a broadcast media briefing on Saturday, Mkhize advised South Africans to wear cloth masks as an extra precautionary measure to contain the deadly virus.
“Cloth masks: they can be effective also noting there is also short supply of surgical/n95 masks therefore not necessary to wear unless you’re in a highly infective environment [like frontline healthworkers].
“The public should not wear medical masks – these are reserved as personal protective equipment for our healthcare workers who are on the front line of our battle against Covid-19,” he said.
The minister added that masks should be worn beyond the lockdown.
“After the lockdown has ended, we need to continue with social distancing, regular washing of hands and mask-wearing.”
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A lockdown has been implemented to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus.
Stringent regulations have also been gazetted, including travel bans, limiting the use of public transport and trade.
South Africans are not allowed to leave their homes unless to purchase essential goods or to report for work as an essential service worker.
To date, there are 2028 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country and a death tally of 25 people.