By Thys Khiba
Johannesburg – President Cyril Ramaphosa has not yet indicated his intention to tighten the coronavirus lockdown regulations as the country might face a substantial third wave of the virus.
Speaking this morning, health minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that his department has detected the first 4 cases of a new coronavirus variant that emerged in in India.
Mkhize has also said that the President will communicate any coronavirus lockdown regulations and measures, to deal with the concerns that the country could experience a substantial third wave, at an appropriate time.
“I think at the right time whenever it becomes necessary, the President takes the decision to address the nation. All we have to do is make sure that there are adequate considerations put into various issues that are needed to contain the spread of the virus so that we are able to answer or respond to all the things that we are seeing. So, at this point, we would not be able to say much about the President. He has not given us any indication,” said Mkhize.
Currently, South African has recorded 1 778 new coronavirus infections, which brings the cumulative number of cases to 1 596 595.
11 more people have died of Covid-19 related complications. This means that the national death toll is now on 54 735 with 10 887 709 total tests conducted.
According to a Senior Researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr Ridhwaan Suliman, for the past two weeks there has been a sharp increase in positive coronavirus cases in South Africa.
Dr Suliman has encouraged people to continue to adhere to protocols to prevent a major resurgence of the virus.
In addition, he has advised the department of health to closely monitor the situation in the Free State and Northern Cape provinces.
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