South Africa's Minister warns of likely return to strict confinement
Pretoria, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) South Africa's Health Minister Zweli Mkhize warned on Wednesday that the country could return to strict confinement given the rapid growth of Covid-19 cases currently reported in the country.
In statements to the press, the Minister assured he wished to say otherwise, but as he previously warned, the greatest rise in the number of Covid-19 patients will come in the winter months.
'I am afraid the figure is going up and we need people to be aware and take all necessary precautions to try to protect ourselves,' he emphasized.
Given that the maximum Level 5 national confinement helped contain the pandemic at the first outbreak in South Africa in March, Mkhize recalled circumstances may compel its resumption.
However, he ensured, since people needed to return to work and continue with their lives, we are trying to balance those two factors (infection and people's vital needs) in analyzing what measures to take.
In particular, he said, the infection rate in Gauteng province (where Pretoria and Johannesburg are located) is growing faster than expected in epidemiological forecasts.
Faced with that reality, the health director of that province, Bandile Masuku, assured this week, it is possible to consider establishing 'intermittent confinements' while the demarcation is preparing for handling a peak in reporting Covid-19 cases.
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