- The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern over the increase of COVID-19 cases in South Africa
- Although the numbers have been lower than they were in July and August, Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize warns that people still need to maintain safety measures
- The Department of Health is continuing to monitor the increase in COVID-19 cases in the country closely
There has been an increase in numbers with regards to COVID-19 cases in South Africa over the last week. This came to be after the country went into Level 1 of the national lockdown. The World Health Organization verbalised their concern over the number of cases following a six percent increase in South Africa over the last seven days.
When President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country would be entering Level 1 of the lockdown, he also warned South African citizens that there could be a second wave of the pandemic. With this, he also asked for SA citizens to remain vigilant and stay safe during this time.
COVID-19 cases increased by an average of 1 600 cases a day over this past week and although the number of cases is lower than they were in July and August, Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize warned that people still need to maintain strict safety measures.
Earlier this week, Mkhize commended South Africans in the battle against COVID-19:
"The risk of resurgence remains, but South Africans must be commended for rallying together in the fight against #Covid19," he wrote on social media.
South Africa has recorded 599 149 recoveries, which makes the recovery rate 89.6%. The country is still continuing to ease up on the lockdown regulations. International travel will resume once again in October.
The Department of Health at this time is still monitoring this increase.
Briefly.co.za previously reported on a law being passed to prevent foreign nationals from conducting business in Gauteng townships. A new law being planned will ban foreigners from doing business in Gauteng townships.
The only way a foreigner would be able to do business in a Gauteng township is if they get permanent residence from Home Affairs. The Gauteng government wants to prevent foreign nationals from running businesses in an attempt to jump-start the economies in townships.
Briefly.co.za learned that David Makhura’s policy unit and the Gauteng economic development department have developed a new law which will protect specific economic areas in South African townships. This would allow South African citizens to fill those areas.
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