South Africa has seen a huge reduction in the number of daily COVID-19 infections, dropping from 42% to 4%, an official at the presidency said.

“Before the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) passed the current lockdown regulations, the number of new infections daily were about 42%,” Thembi Siweya, the deputy minister, wrote in an article published by daily Sowetan on Monday.

Siweya said had the government not taken the lockdown decision, daily infections would have been higher, with more deaths, especially among the elderly South Africans.

The South African government took a comprehensive approach in dealing with COVID-19 because

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