Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Sihle Zikalala, has said that a second hard lockdown is in the cards for South Africa, after the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
There have been a cumulative 715,868 cases of COVID-19 in South Africa, with 1,622 new cases reported yesterday. Between 25 September and 1 October, the average number of new daily cases was 1,219 and that has increased to 1,706 between 16 and 22 October – a worrying trend. SABC News’ Leanne Manas has claimed that President Ramaphosa is due to address the nation this week regarding the recent surge in cases.
Several government officials have expressed concern about the latest trends and many South Africans will be frightened by Zikalala’s comments in particular.
“Looking at the statistics, we can now safely say that we are definitely going back into a hard lockdown if there is no urgent and drastic change in behaviour,” he said, according to MyBroadband.
After saying that a second hard lockdown will be “stronger and deadlier”, he warned businesses to adhere to level one regulations to avoid the economic devastation that a hard lockdown would cause.
“There is no use in chasing profits today, only to be shut down by a hard lockdown tomorrow,” he said.
He also said that the “reckless trading of alcohol” has the “potential to derail all the progress we have made in preparing our healthcare system for a potential onslaught of COVID-19”.
“We cannot tolerate that, and therefore our inspectors will be going out in full force to enforce the law,” he said.