Lockdown Level 1 welcomed as boost to economy, but beware the second wave

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The easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions to Level 1 has been welcomed by business and labour as a boost to SA's hard-hit economy, which contracted by a record 16% in the second quarter. However, there is a risk of a second wave of infections and potential for another hard lockdown which the country won't be able to afford, says trade union federation Cosatu. 

Speaking to Fin24 shortly after the president's address, parliamentary coordinator for Cosatu, Matthew Parks, said while there were lower infection rates, there should not be a "relaxation" of health measures.

"No one is in control of the virus. There is serious risk of a second wave, as was seen in Europe."

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