The government has warned of a renewed increase in coronavirus cases after South Africa on Thursday (Nov.. December) 8. 166 new cases reported. .
“There is clear evidence of an exponential increase in transmission and this is a matter of serious concern,” said Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize. The country reported an additional 173 Covid-19-related deaths, while the total recovery is now at 756. 671 lies.
The increase in cases is due to new infections in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng.
In response, Mkhize said the country’s provincial governments are considering recommendations to curb large gatherings and parties.
He said the final decision on these recommendations will be made by President Cyril Ramaphosa after discussions with the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC). .
Western Cape Prime Minister Alan Winde said his province is taking a number of steps to prevent the surge in certain cases but reiterated that the Western Cape remains opposed to lockdowns.
“(Lockdowns) are a blunt tool that must be avoided at all costs. This would be devastating to our economy and exacerbate our humanitarian crisis.
“Instead, we need localized interventions to slow the spread that are reasonable and evidence-based,” he said.
“As South Africa enters its second wave, we urge the national government to avoid blunt tools and do everything possible to strike the right balance between saving lives and livelihoods. ”
Winde said that Covid-19 is not on “vacation” this festive season and that it was the duty of the citizens to do everything possible to prevent them and their loved ones from getting infected with the virus, or the virus spread.
“In the Western Cape, we worked around the clock to implement our tripartite approach to reverse our resurgence and save lives and livelihoods,” he said.
Winde said he had also presented a plan to the president and Mkhize setting out how the province will respond to the resurgence.
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