Covid-19 update: Mkhize warns of lockdown as SA hits 14 046 cases

Covid-19 update: Mkhize warns of lockdown as SA hits 14 046 cases

South Africans are likely to be facing tighter lockdown restrictions amid a spike in infections. Briefly.co.za explores the latest Covid-19 updates on the pandemic in SA.

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The second wave of infections is a major cause for concern and the situation has shown little signs of improving.

South Africans may soon be facing harsher lockdown laws as the government reconsiders its approach.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest Covid-19 updates below:

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The call for tighter restrictions comes as SA endures a second wave of infections. Image: Sharon Seretlo/Gallo Images
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1. Tough lockdown on cards: Mkhize

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has confirmed the suspicion of many, saying that 'further lockdown measures' are to be considered soon:

“We must warn South Africans that we will need to review the current restrictions and consider further measures to ensure that we curb this alarming rate of spread. Therefore, it will be important for us to evaluate the situation in these provinces, identify hotspots in these areas (and in other provinces) before making recommendations based on these findings.”
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The politician then laid down three golden rules for Mzansi this festive season:

  • Avoid large gatherings
  • Ensure adequate ventilation when people gather.
  • Adhere to non-pharmaceutical interventions

2. Mkhize on latest statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has once again provided South Africans with an update on the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement released by the Department of Health on Wednesday evening, Mkhize commented that:

"Today we report, with concern, that 14 046 COVID-19 cases have been identified since the last report at a positivity rate of 26%. Therefore, the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases today is 954 258."

In addition to this worrying news, the Minister reported on the number of recorded fatalities:

"Our deaths continue to rise as well and today we are saddened to report an additional 411 COVID-19 related deaths: Eastern Cape 101, Free State 3, Gauteng 34, Kwa-Zulu Natal 90, Mpumalanga 6, North West 6 and Western Cape 171. This brings the total to 25 657 deaths."
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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Democratic Alliance has lost its bid to overrule the closure of the Garden Route's beaches.

Instead, the Western Cape High Court has opted to amend the hours of beach operation from 09:00 to 18:00, to 06:00 to 19:00.

The order was awarded with 50% of the DA's costs, with DA leader John Steenhuisen commenting that:

"South Africa’s coronavirus response must always take into account the delicate balance between lives and livelihoods. Our country cannot endure any regulations which harm the economy and cut citizens off from their means to make an honest living in a safe and secure manner."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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