South Africa could prevent thousands of deaths if it is able to identify what is described as ‘super spreaders’ of the COVID-19 virus in the coming weeks and months.

These are individuals who infect a large group of people at one given time, spreading the virus uncontrollably.

Health experts believe that coupled with personal responsibility and intensified screening and testing, the country could see far fewer deaths than predicted.

Chair of Social Security at the Wits School of Governance, Professor Alex van den Heever says the focus now should be on suppressing the pandemic to prevent the estimated 40 000 deaths in the country: