South Africa - Cape Town - 5 May 2020 - Surfers protesting on Blouberg Beach, Cape Town over not being allowed to surf under the current lockdown level 4. Police were on the scene but all went peaceful. Photographer: Armand Hough/African News Agency(ANA)

Calls for Cape residents to prevent second Coronavirus wave

CAPE TOWN –While South Africa has shown great progress in the fight against the coronavirus global pandemic, residents need to stay vigilant to prevent a second wave of the virus.

Across the globe, countries who eased lockdown regulations were soon confronted with a second wave of the coronavirus as residents let their guard down and disregarded safety regulations.

Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Zahid Badroodien, said the City of Cape Town are concerned about residents going about their business in public not wearing masks and maintaining safe physical distance.

“Our Environmental Health Practitioners are concerned about the people in public without masks, as well as crowd management in shops, malls and other public amenities,” said Badroodien.

“Cape Town worked very hard to overcome the peak of the pandemic so that we could start focusing on rebuilding lives, communities and the economy.

“All of this hard work will be undermined if we drop our collective guard,” he said.

Badroodien added that while the Covid-19 related infections and fatalities have decreased and remained stable, that residents should not change their behaviour.

The City is urging the public to continue to abide by the health and hygiene protocols, to wear masks in public and to help prevent the spread of the virus in the absence of a vaccine.

“I hear far too many anecdotes about the pandemic being a thing of the past – this is not true, particularly if one looks at the many countries where lockdowns have had to be reintroduced as a result of a second wave of infections.

“We are monitoring the indicators very closely for any signs of additional waves of infection,” said Badroodien.

 

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