South Africa has moved to Level 1 of the lockdown in the fight against COVID-19, but the war against the disease “is not yet over,” Zweli Mkhize has warned.
With the country having moved to Level 1 of the lockdown on Monday, 21 September 2020, virtually all of South Africa’s economic and social activities have been freed from severe restrictions. This comes after six months of most activities, except for essential services having come to a halt.
However, in spite of the easing of the restrictions, strict observations of the health and safety protocols remain in place, as Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize added that South Africa is “not yet out of the woods.”
He urged South Africans to comply with the health and safety regulations, such as washing hands regularly, wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and refraining from attending huge gatherings at churches, mosques, funerals, concerts and sporting events.
“We are now searching for the vaccine, but before we get the vaccine, we can’t rest. South Africans need to know that Level 1 isn’t like everything is over,” he said.
Mkhize warned that there is still the risk of “a second wave” of COVID-19 infections.
“This COVID-19 can still resurge. We must not lose the message and be complacent,” he added.
The minister said this as South Africa recorded 15 953 COVID-19-related deaths from 661 211 confirmed cases since the disease broke out in the country in March 2020.