- KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has warned of a second hard lockdown amid rising Covid-19 cases
- To top it off, news broke that President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to address the nation this week on the pandemic
- This led to South Africans fearing another hard lockdown and they dragged the government on social media
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KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has warned citizens that a hard lockdown seems inevitable unless coronavirus cases are reduced.
Speaking during a media briefing on Sunday, the premier said that the statistics are a sign that a clampdown may be necessary:
“Looking at the statistics, we can now safely say that we are definitely going back into a hard lockdown if there is no urgent and drastic change in behaviour."
His remarks were followed by news that President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to update South Africans on the nation's plan to combat Covid-19 amid the pandemic that has gripped the country since March.
This further fuelled concerns that another hard lockdown is imminent. Taking to Twitter, Saffas shared their views on the possibility.
LeXion NJanda said:
"Yeah go to lockdown and kill the little that's left in our economy."
Dj-Giggs Monster-Monkey Riana said:
"So that they can loot more funds. We are going to December now. We can't afford losing our jobs again because of Covid."
Ravesh Mungroo asked:
"So how much money y'all gonna make this time?"
Twitter user, @kabeloWaka2, commented:
"This second wave is sounding more and more like a second looting of #covid19SA funds! #ANC ayipheli umoya."
Lwazi Msomi, who goes by the handle @RealLwaziMsomi, wrote:
"South Africans are not going to survive a second wave. Jobs were lost during the lockdown and families starved. Imagine losing your job as a breadwinner at home and just when you've picked yourself up and are about to land a new job then a second lockdown begins. #covid19SA."
Another tweep, @makumbi_k2, added:
"No matter what happens there is no need for hard lockdown in SA, there are so many people who didn’t get food parcels and R350 which was promised to them by government, let people hustle for themselves, don’t close the country again.#covid19SA."
Sbu Mabuderr wrote:
"After what people went through the government wants to bring back the lockdown, wow, wonder which tender they got now, poor us kahle kahle ANC wants to see us poor straight another lockdown another job loss again hah mara. #ANCtsek serious."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has updated South Africans on the latest Covid-19 statistics. In a statement issued by the Department of Health on Sunday evening, Mkhize commented that:
"As of today, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 715 868."
In addition to the increase in cases, Mkhize also confirmed the latest number of fatalities:
"Regrettably, we report 24 Covid-19-related deaths today. This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 18 968. Of the 24 deaths reported today, five occurred in the past 48 hours."
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