CAPE TOWN – With nearly 200 new Covid-19 deaths in the past two weeks and a 28 percent increase of new cases in KwaZulu-Natal, Premier Sihle Zikala has warned that the government could be forced to implement a hard lockdown, if reckless behaviour continues.
“There are strong indications that Covid-19 is still alive and well. The number of confirmed positive cases in the past 2 weeks has increased by 1720 cases, which brings the Province to 122 138 total confirmed Covid-19 case,”
“Looking at the statistics around us, we can now safely say that we are definitely going back into a hard lockdown. If there is no urgent and drastic change in behavior,” Zikalala said.
The increase in the number of positive cases has occurred in nine districts. Cases in uMkhanyakude and Zululand districts are on a decline.
While, Harry Gwala District has had the highest increase in the number of new cases. Zikalala also said that he was deeply bothered by the largely care-free attitude since the province moved to Alert level 1.
“It seems that many people have thrown all caution to the wind and gone back to their old ways. Gone are the masks, and sanitizing of hands, as well as adhering to social distancing.”
Meanwhile, Police Minister Bheki Cele and law enforcement raided Bars, shebeens and clubs in Gauteng for contravening the Disaster Management Act.
“There were almost 300 people, no masks, no social distancing and breaking the law and it tells you that we won’t survive the second wave if it is here. Besides breaking the lockdown law, people are breaking the real law and being here after curfew,” said Cele.
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