Covid-19 update: SA has surpassed 1 million cases amid 2nd wave

Covid-19 update: SA has surpassed 1 million cases amid 2nd wave

Calls are mounting for youths to face harsh punishment for failing to wear face masks. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.

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South Africa is facing the nation's second wave of Covid-19 infections with the added strain of the festive season.

Many are concerned that citizens are failing the implement non-pharmaceutical interventions, prompting the surge of cases.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic below:

Covid-19 update: SA has surpassed 1 million cases amid 2nd wave

SA has now surpassed 1 million Covid-19 infections. Image: Getty Images
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1. SAMA calls for fines for not wearing masks

The South African Medical Association has called for young citizens to face fines or even do community service for failing to wear masks when out in public.

The association maintains that the vast majority of youths are the main culprits failing to adhere to restrictions.

Commenting on the situation, amid the second wave of Covid-19 infections, SAMA head Angelique Coetzee says:

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“The majority of young people especially that do not listen … they need to [be] held accountable. So if they are not wearing their masks when they go into shopping centres, they then need to do community service [or] to pay a fine. That is something we need to look at.”

SAMA has called for this to form part of the Level 2 lockdown restrictions that it wants the state to implement.

2. Mkhize on the latest Covid-19 statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has once again updated South Africans on the Covid-19 statistics.

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

"Today, we have breached one million cumulative cases of COVID-19 in South Africa, with a cumulative total of 1 004 413 cases reported."

In addition to the latest number of infections, Mkhize also noted the latest fatalities:

"Regrettably, today we report 214 COVID-19 related deaths: Eastern Cape 123, Gauteng 17, KwaZulu Natal 13, Northern Cape 5 and Western Cape 56. This brings the total to 26 735 deaths."
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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Glenda Gray, president of the Medical Research Council, has urged South Africans to put an end to the spread of Covid-19.

The expert has warned that SA will be subjected to recurring waves until vaccines are widely available:

“As long as the virus is circulating, there will be variation … we need to understand that when this wave is over, there is going to be a third and fourth wave.”

Until a vaccine is indeed widely available, Gray urged people to religiously exercise non-pharmaceutical interventions:

  • Physical distancing
  • Wearing a mask
  • Ensuring good ventilation by meeting outdoors
  • Hand washing and sanitising
  • Staying home if feeling sick

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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