South African Health Minister Warns Against Christmas Lockdown

South African Health Minister Warns Against Christmas Lockdown

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has made it clear that South Africa is heading in the wrong direction with its coronavirus cases: Wednesday’s stats painted an eye-opening picture, as new cases jumped by just under 50% in the last 24-hour period. The chief authority on the pandemic response was earlier asked about our first ‘COVID-19 Christmas’…

While Mkhize played down the chances of a harder lockdown coming for the festive period, he also failed to rule it out. The minister remains dismayed with the data over the past few weeks, which has reached a ‘consistent level of concern’. Cluster outbreaks and spikes in the Eastern Cape are threatening to unleash a second wave of the virus.

Zweli Mkhize has pleaded with South Africans to refrain from complacency. Life with coronavirus is not normal, and nobody should treat it as such. For those already planning ahead this Christmases, he implored citizens to factor in mask-wearing, social distancing, and hand sanitisation

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