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SA's epidemic trajectory is unique, says Abdool Karim

22112018 (Durban) Aids research Dr Salim Abdool Karim at CAPRISA lab in Umbilo, Durban. SA is at the epicentre of the global HIV/Aids epidemic, and its scientists are at the very heart of the quest to stop it in its tracks. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency (ANA)

22112018 (Durban) Aids research Dr Salim Abdool Karim at CAPRISA lab in Umbilo, Durban. SA is at the epicentre of the global HIV/Aids epidemic, and its scientists are at the very heart of the quest to stop it in its tracks. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency (ANA)

Published Apr 15, 2020

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CAPE TOWN- South Africa's epidemic curve is unique. This came from the comprehensive analysis presented by world-renowned epidemiologist and chair of South Africa’s Covid-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee Professor Salim Abdool Karim.

Abdool Karim was joined by Health minister Zweli Mkhize and a panel of experts during a live public engagement to deal with technical aspects relating to COVID-19 response.

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The South African Coronavirus outbreak has followed a unique trajectory in comparison to other countries.

"We were poised to get this rapid increase, and it increased up until the 26th of March, which was the day we instituted the lockdown, but then the epidemic curve turned. The number of cases declined and we went into a plateau," said Abdool Karim.

The South African epidemic curve has flattened out, which means daily infections have stopped increasing exponentially since the implementation of the lockdown.

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