An increase in the number of Covid-19 cases has been reported over the last week, which came after the country entered Level 1 of the lockdown
The increase comes as the continent experiences an overall decrease in infections.
During his announcement of the easing of restrictions, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the nation had weathered the Covid-19 storm – but he also warned of a potential second wave of the pandemic.
He asked citizens to continue being vigilant in this regard.
On Sunday, South Africa recorded 1 268 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the cumulative number of detected cases to 670 766.
The Department of Health recorded 22 more Covid-19-related deaths, taking the total fatalities to 16 398.
The country has recorded 603 721 recoveries, which translates to a recovery rate of 90%.
— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) September 26, 2020
While the average number of Covid-19 cases per day for the past week is significantly lower than the rate at which new cases were increasing in July and August, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize and scientists have repeatedly warned that people need to maintain strict safety measures.
The country will further ease lockdown restrictions at the start of October, when international travel will again be permitted.
The health department says, at this stage, it is monitoring this small increase.
“Hopefully, this is not a sustained increase in the weeks to come,” department spokesperson Popo Maja told News24.
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