Unmasking Covid reality as third wave looms

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People were spotted without masks and not adhering to social distancing in Pietermaritzburg on Monday despite President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appeal on Sunday to prevent another deadly wave of infections.
People were spotted without masks and not adhering to social distancing in Pietermaritzburg on Monday despite President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appeal on Sunday to prevent another deadly wave of infections.
PHOTO: Moeketsi Mamane

Scores of Pietermaritzburg residents were spotted walking around the city without their masks on Monday, despite calls by President Cyril Ramaphosa to follow the rules and prevent another deadly wave of infections.

South Africa moved to adjusted level two regulations on Monday after the number of cases being reported to the Department of Health rocketed up in the Free State, North West, Northern Cape and Gauteng.

Overall, SA has seen a 31% increase in Covid-19 cases over the past week. KwaZulu-Natal hasn’t yet entered a third wave of infections, but KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Sihle Zikalala, warned this could change if residents in the province failed to wear masks, wash their hands, use hand sanitisers, and practice social distancing.

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