With cluster outbreaks of COVID-19 in some parts of the country, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has warned that South Africans will have to start preparing for a different kind of Christmas, a Covid-19 Christmas. Mkhize noticed COVID-19 fatigue, with people not wearing their masks anymore, failing to adhere to social distance protocol and becoming lax when it comes to washing hands.
According to Mkhize cluster outbreaks does not necessarily mean the entire country would experience an immediate resurgence and that they were monitoring these developments closely.
“The day-to-day festivities have to be done differently and it is very important for us to start gearing ourselves for a slightly different Christmas. I’m not talking about the lockdown, I’m talking about just changing the way we enjoy and then end up with an infection.”
Mkhize and his team will be in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro on Tuesday where experts have noticed a massive spike in cases. “The Nelson Mandela Bay area is causing a lot of challenges we need to control the area and see if it can be contained, otherwise it will start flaring up in other parts of the country.”