Covid-19 Spike in One Region Sparks Concern in South Africa

Health Minister Zweli Mkkhize has planned a visit to the Eastern Cape after an increase in Covid-19 infections in Nelson Mandela Bay. The health department aims to stem the spread of the virus in the province ahead of the festive season in order to prevent potentially higher rates nationally. Mkhize was reluctant to refer to the surge as the second wave of infections but still recommended caution: "We can contain this by our behaviour, by practising non-pharmaceutical interventions ... Other countries are already experiencing a second wave. In some other countries, the second wave is higher than the first wave." South Africa has 751,024 confirmed cases, 20,241 people died and 693,467 resulted in recoveries, as of November 16.

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Screening of learners and staff members in compliance with health, safety and social distancing requirements during the reopening of schools at Rev A. Mapheto Primary School, Eastbank High School and MC Weiller Primary School in Alexandra (file photo).

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