Zweli Mkhize, South African Minister of Health, centre, with his cabinet colleagues during a media conference for the handing over of the emergency medical equipment for COVID-19 by China, at OR Tambo Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, April 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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CAPE TOWN – Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has urged South Africans not to get complacent as there is a high risk of  a second Coronavirus wave.

While there has not been an extreme surge in infection and death numbers, there has been a slight increase on a week-to-week basis.

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“We have to be realistic and not try to deal with this emotionally and try to create controversy about it. We cannot tell if we are going to get the second wave or not, but the risk is there,” said Mkhize.

“We haven’t arrived at the second wave. The peak was coming down and it stopped around 10 000 cases a week.

“It’s been like that for the past four to five weeks and we have not seen a whole new wave,” he said.

Mkhize added that they are looking at the global experience, taking into account China, Europe and the United States who experienced a second wave of the virus.

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