- The Minister of Health has said that the possibility of a hard lockdown in the future cannot be ruled out
- Zweli Mkhize said the skyrocketing cases have been particularly concerning to the government
- The minister said the government could also consider lockdown based on locations
South Africa's Covid-19 cases continue to rise exponentially every day and Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has suggested that the country could return to a hard lockdown to curb the spread of the infections.
South Africa currently has 144 614 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 2 529 deaths. There are 70 614 total recoveries. The recovery rate, which has been just above 50% for several months, has now dipped below 50%.
The Gauteng Health Department has warned of a coming storm as the province has one of the lowest recovery rates and rising infections.
Gauteng’s MEC for Health, Bandile Masuku, has revealed that his department is weighing up the possibility of the province moving back to a harder form of lockdown as the infections continue to skyrocket in the province, said The South African.
Briefly.co.za reported that while trials for a Covid-19 vaccine are ongoing, Professor Shabir Madhi has suggested that not wearing masks in public is contributing to the rising infections in Gauteng and should be criminalised. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma shared the same sentiments.
BusinessTech said that while Mkhize has not formally discussed the possibility of introducing further lockdown restrictions, he did, however, note that the government could still consider location-based lockdowns if necessary.
The Health Minister added that there is no "blueprint" on how to manage the Covid-19 pandemic but the "the government has continued to err on the side of extreme caution".
Mkhize also noted that as Covid-19 cases continue to remain stubbornly high, it may be hard to get the country out of the situation without instituting at least one more hard lockdown.
"Whilst the lockdown helped, people need to get back to work and normal life. To balance the two, there must be cooperation from everyone. A hard lockdown remains a possibility. When we had the first lockdown, it was not because it’d be the last time we do it. It may be necessary and when the time comes we will talk about it."
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