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PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa has warned that South Africa could face a second wave of Covid-19 infections if citizens are insufficiently vigilant. Now government officials have confirmed — anonymously — to Bloomberg that tougher restrictions are on the cards again in discussions this week.

Yesterday the Business for South Africa (B4SA) group asked for “certainty that there will not be another hard economic lockdown [alert levels 3 to 5] in the country in the event of a second wave of Covid-19 infection” — but did not ask for any promise about level 2.

“Certainty that South Africa will not return to a hard lockdown — irrespective of infection rates — would stimulate economic activity by unlocking business investment projects and consumer spending plans, which are currently on hold due to concerns about government’s response to a potential second wave of infections in South Africa,” it said in a statement.

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