(Last Updated on November 25, 2020 by ZIMDAILY EDITOR)
PRETORIA – South Africa could return into lockdown following an upsurge in Covid-19 infections. Ranked number 16 in the world in infections, the country has the highest number of cases in Africa.
Although South Africa has dropped out of the world’s top five most affected countries, concerns are rising that there could be another spike in infections as new data shows the number of deaths could have been under reported.
After some European countries went back into lockdown, South Africa could follow suit. In July, South Africa was recording an average of 12 000 new cases per day. But after infections dropped to about 1 500 a day in the past two months, this has now gone up to 2 000 new cases. So far, the country has recorded 754 256 Covid-19 incidents with over 20 000 deaths recorded.
President Cyril Ramaphosa himself went into self-quarantine last week after coming into contact with a guest at a dinner, who later tested positive for Covid-19.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize had tested positive and recovered from Covid-19.
Following a special Cabinet sitting that adopted recommendations of the National Coronavirus Command Council meeting, President Ramaphosa has decided to remain on Level One lockdown.