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Western Cape might face another hard lockdown

Article by Joshua Booysens

As we approach the festive season, a short-term, hard lockdown might be on the books for the Western Cape, following a resurgence of COVID-19 cases along the Garden Route and Cape Town metro.

On Friday, Premier Alan Winde chaired a meeting for plans to reduce the number of new infections, and according to the NICD, the observation on the increase is mostly driven by the Garden Route, where the infection rate gradually increased from mid-October.

Director of research and development at UWC, Professor Burtram Fielding, the resurgence could cause a possible second wave, and the prevention highly depends human behaviour in the next few weeks, how how the infection will be dealt with.

Heath Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said no official decision has been made yet regarding a second hard lockdown in the Eastern Cape, however should a decision for another lockdown be made, it will be evidence based.

As at 29 November, there are 2563 new COVID-19 cases.

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