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After the number of COVID-19 cases has increased drastically over the last few weeks, President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation this week. This is according to news reports and the Health Minister’s concern last week that the country’s number of cases are rising.

Cape Town Etc reports that last week, Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, warned South Africans about the spike.

"I wish to bring to the attention of all South Africans that our epidemiological reports are showing that in the country, over the last seven days there has been an increase of 9.1% in new cases. Similarly, over the last 14 days, there has been an increase of 10.7%".

Over the weekend, KwaZulu-Natal premier, Sihle Zikalala, said that a hard lockdown is on the cards if the cases don’t start to decline drastically.

During a media briefing on Sunday, he warned that a second wave will be much worse than the first one with regards to both deaths and the economy, reports Business Tech.

"There is no use in chasing profits today, only to be shut down by a hard lockdown tomorrow," he said.

While Europe is currently experiencing its second wave, South Africa’s second wave might be approaching much faster than anticipated.

Image credit: Medical Xpress

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