Gauteng may yet see second wave of COVID-19 infections

Gauteng may yet see second wave of COVID-19 infections

Acting HOD for Health, Leseba Malotana, said the province’s case load could see a spike as activity resumed in the economic hub of the country.

FILE: A Doctors Without Border (MSF) nurse (C) performs a COVID-19 coronavirus test during a Ministry of Health screening and testing drive in the Wolhuter men’s hostel in Jeppestown district of Johannesburg, on 14 May 2020. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng acting HOD for Health, Leseba Malotana, said while COVID-19 infections had gradually decreased, there was still a possibility of a second wave in the province.

With the country a week into alert level 1 and with international borders reopened to travellers from a restricted list of countries, Malotana said the province’s case load – which currently stands at 219,000 – could see a spike as activity resumed in the economic hub of the country.

Malotana briefed the media on the provincial command council’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said that there were clear signs of emerging COVID-19 infections across the province, adding that while infections were stabilising, the province was not out of the woods just yet.

“Gauteng remains the epicentre, contributing 33% of the national cases, with 219,000 cases reported.”

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