It is likely that restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings be implemented, due to the fast growing Covid-19 pandemic infections across the country. It comes after this:
This is according to Health Minister Dr Joseph Phaahla on Friday - though he was at pains to say that nothing has been "concluded" at this stage.
According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, there were 2,828 new Covid-19 cases identified in South Africa in the past day along with 12 Covid-19 related deaths. This means that there have 2,955,328 confirmed infections and 89,783 fatalities to date.
Of the new cases, 2,173 were in Gauteng. Three other provinces also recorded significant increases, though the actual numbers remained relatively low. There were 139 cases in the Western Cape, 116 in the North West and 108 in KwaZulu-Natal - all of them essentially doubling from recent days.
Phaahla was asked during a media briefing on Friday night whether increased lockdown restrictions would be implemented given the increased cases. He said various meetings were taking place at the weekend to discuss this.
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