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Lockdown inevitable||11 535 new cases recorded the last 24 hours

There is really no going back this time around around. Sometimes one does not understand how does cases move from 2000 in a day to 8000 and now we are taking about more than 11 000 new cases being reported in a single day.

South Africa has really entered the fourth wave. It is believed that the SARS-CoV-2 which is the virus that caused the covid19 changes over time. Most changes have little to no impact on the virus how,

The Network for Genomics Surveillance in South Africa (NGS-SA), which includes the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), KRISP at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), University of Cape Town (UCT), Stellenbosch University (SUN), the University of the Free State (UFS), the University of Pretoria, the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) and the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS), continue to monitor and assess the evolution of SARS-CoV-2.

In the last 24 hours, the number of new cases identified is 11 535 with 44 more new death taking the death toll to 89 915. Almost all provinces are showing signs of the fourth wave. Gauteng recorded 8200 new cases followed by Western Cape with 727,KwaZulu-Natal with 630 new cases.

The lockdown will not be prolonged for a much longer time. President Cyril Ramaphosa will have to act very fast because the numbers don't lie. We must just accept that will not have a normal festive life we are used to.

We should not let our guard down. We have seen that some other companies have already started shutting down allowing their staff to work from home. This is called being pro active. Maybe it is about time that companies really look in to this model of working from home. Where it is applicable, it really should be done with urgency

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KRISP National Institute for Communicable Diseases Network for Genomics Surveillance South Africa UFS

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