Is a Covid-19 Resurgence a Possibility for South Africa?

The nation's stringent lockdown earlier this year may have saved lives by containing the spread of Covid-19. New Covid-19 infections have been declining and lockdown restrictions relaxed. But this has triggered fears of a new wave of infections, write Carmen S. Christian and Laura Rossouw for The Conversation. Several countries have experienced a spike in infections following the easing of harsh lockdown measures. These include South Korea, Canada, Spain and the UK. Health systems are once again becoming overwhelmed, and countries have resorted to stringent lockdown measures. This comes after thirty-one students from Fort Hare University's East London campus tested positive for Covid-19, following a night out partying. According to a joint statement by the university and the Eastern Cape Department of Health, the students did not adhere to alert level 1 regulations at a tavern in Quigney, East London on October 3, 2020. To date, the nation has 706,304 confirmed cases of Covid-19 of which 18,656 were fatal and 639,568 ended in recoveries.

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"The first thing we needed to do was ensure that social distancing and hygiene practices were observed in our own MSF spaces, and that those staff with underlying conditions had the capacity to safely work from home.” - George Mapiye, Deputy Field Coordinator.

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