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Tighter lockdown restrictions ruled out amid looming fifth wave as Covid-19 cases spike

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Health Minister Joe Phaahla last week warned there are "worrying signs" that Covid-19 infections are on the rise in South Africa, possibly indicating the fifth wave of infections.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) last week reported that 10.6% of Covid-19 tests in the country were positive in the past seven days — 2.6% higher than the previous week.

News24 spoke to two public health experts about whether we should be concerned about a rise in Covid-19 infections, and whether lockdown restrictions may be required:  

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