KwaZulu-Natal opts to cancel major parties to ward off Covid-19 surge

KwaZulu-Natal opts to cancel major parties to ward off Covid-19 surge

- The KwaZulu-Natal government is clamping down ahead of the festive season

- In a bid to reduce the risk of a Covid-19 surge, the province has cancelled major events

- This comes as, in the opinion of the state, the region attempts to avoid a looming second wave

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The KwaZulu-Natal government is seeking to avoid a second wave of Covid-19 infections.

Ahead of the festive season, the region has now opted to cancel major parties and events, saying that these events would not be permitted in light of rising case numbers.

The provincial government says that medical and scientific experts have informed this decision.

Premier Sihle Zikalala commented during a media briefing that the province is moving ever closer to a major spike in infections.

Zikalala has opted to cancel major events this festive season. Image: @sziks
Source: Twitter

While Zikalala acknowledged the economic impact of cancelling major events, he highlighted the bid to protect lives as more important.

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Despite this move, the Premier has still encouraged people to visit the region, pointing out that they can hold small activities.

Zikalala also revealed that a plan has been developed for when the surge in cases takes place:

"The resurgence plan has been developed and is underpinned by the basic actions that should be carried out when responding to the possible resurgence."

In addition to this resurgence plan, a festive plan has also been developed for the festive season:

"A Festive plan has been developed with a focus on risk communication and community engagement. The following strategies are key in preventing COVID-19 during festive season:"

The Premier says that the following precautionary measures will be communicated:

  • Mask wearing
  • Hand and hygiene
  • Social distancing
  • Management of indoor and outdoor gatherings
  • Safe and responsible holiday conduct in KZN
  • Shielding vulnerable family members when coming back home or visiting family & friends
  • Community engagement
  • Engagement with taxi owners, drivers and passengers on COVID-19 prevention interventions
  • Engagements with owners and patrons at taverns, night clubs; as well as adherence of COVID – 19 prevention interventions during weddings, funerals, and at churches, restaurants, grocery stores, and shopping malls.
  • Loud-hailing at mass gatherings and outside beaches

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Earlier, reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to address South Africa on Thursday evening to announce new measures for Covid-19 hotspots.

This is according to eNCA, who quoted a reliable source as confirming that tough new measures would be unveiled.

Numerous parts of South Africa are experiencing surges with over 4 000 new infections recorded over the course of the past day, the highest spike in recent times.

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