Prof Alex van den Heever, chair of social security at the Wits School of Governance said there was inadequate upscaling of testing and contact tracing — which was supposed to have been implemented during the first 35 days of the lockdown.
Due to the fact that testing is still low, the professor suggested that there are more positive unidentified cases of Covid-19 still roaming around the country. With that note, South Africa should expect at least 3,000 new positive cases by the 31st of May and 26,000 by 30 June 2020.
While speaking to eNCA, Professor Van den Heever said that the reported number of cases in South Africa is lower than what’s actually on the ground due to inadequate testing and screening which has been widely criticised by other experts since the beginning of the lockdown.
He also added that the recent sudden increase in cases was influenced by Western Cape which has upped their testing and screen game which do not necessarily mean that Cape Town is now South Africa’s epicentre of the virus.
The recent low numbers being reported in Gauteng are due to low testing and screening. To top it off, the Professor said that the lockdown has also failed to flatten the infections curve.
He said the decline in infections brought about by the lockdown can be attributed to the suppression in the affluent communities.
In comparison, he said, the lockdown has completely failed to stem COVID-19 transmissions in vulnerable, densely-populated urban communities.