Return to Tighter Lockdown on the Cards for South Africa?

According to Peter Dube of The East African, the nation may see a return to a more restricted national Covid-19 lockdown.Dube's sentiments echo that of KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala who said last month that due to rising Covid-19 infections the possible reintroduction of harder lockdown restrictions may be required to address a second wave. Conversely, President Cyril Ramaphosa dismissed rumours of a return to tighter lockdown restrictions but warned citizens to be on their guard during the festive season. Further, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize described the 14% positivity rate among the country's latest Covid-19 statistics as concerning. As of 25 November 2020, the nation has the highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases on the continent and 16th highest globally at 772,252. Of these, 21,083 proved fatal and 716,444 ended in recoveries.


A resident of Mamelodi during the Covid-19 lockdown (file photo).

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