South Africa dramatic COVID-19 rise

The Gauteng government has expressed concern about the increasing number of coronavirus infections in the province. According to the department of health's updated report Gauteng is experiencing an alarming increase in the rate of Covid-19 infections, with increased deaths in the past 48 hours. It says that about 174 people of which 57-percent were men mainly between the ages of 50 and 79 with chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension have died from Covid19. Coronavirus cases in South Africa surpass 150,000. Some 6,945 cases reported in last 24 hours.

Today Benjamin Moshatama speaks to:

• Professor Adrian Puren from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD)

• Professor Guy Richards is also a professor in the department of medicine at Wits and a principal physician in the pulmonology department.

• Aisha Abdool Karim, health reporter at The Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism