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WATCH | Covid-19 fatigue may cause a second wave in Africa, expert warns

  • Experts have warned a second wave of Covid-19 infections will emerge on the continent if folks don’t take precautions.
  • The South African authorities has declared 5 days of mourning in honour of victims of GBV and Covid-19.
  • The World Health Organisation in Africa mentioned vaccines ought to be made out there to everybody and never solely to nations who may afford it. 

An expert has warned a second wave of Covid-19 infections will emerge on the African continent if folks don’t take precautions.

With the variety of Covid-19 circumstances again on the rise in the Eastern and Western Cape, specialists mentioned South Africans couldn’t afford to develop uninterested in preventative measures put in place to curb the unfold of the coronavirus.



The nation has been hardest hit by the pandemic on the African continent with some 775 502 confirmed circumstances and greater than 20 000 deaths.

Speaking at a digital World Health Organisation briefing, Professor Helen Rees, the chairperson of the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), mentioned Africa would wish a vaccine to curb the unfold of the coronavirus.

She was a part of a dialogue representing South Africa.

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Otherwise, she added, “we will continue implementing and then relaxing lockdown restrictions, which will only have a further negative impact on our economic and social life”. 

Rees mentioned vaccines ought to be a precedence for everybody and never simply nations who may afford to buy mass doses for their very own residents. 

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“It’s in nobody’s interest to protect every citizen in one country and then leave many poorer countries without vaccine because you’ll never protect every citizen in one country,” she added.

With the festive season approaching and a lot of the lockdown restrictions relaxed, the federal government has urged South Africans to proceed taking precautions, together with social distancing, sporting a masks, fixed hand-washing and sanitising in order to curb the unfold of the virus. 

The authorities has declared 5 days of mourning in honour of victims of gender-based violence and Covid-19. From 25 to 29 November, the nationwide flag will fly at half-mast.

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