Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says the number of Covid-19 infections in the country are going up faster than anticipated.
Mkhize said the Western Cape saw a surge of 40,000 infections during the month of June.
While Gauteng which is expected to become the new Covid-19 epicentre in the country is now close to 3,000 new cases per day as of Monday 29 June.
Minister Mkhize shared on twitter that while the possibility of reintroducing another lockdown is slim, government may have to look into introducing a localised lockdown.
Adding quickly that the decision has not yet been made.
“There has not been any decision taken (to have another lockdown) and certainly the NCCC does not take lightly a decision of that nature. There may be need in some areas for restrictions, it may not be national but localised. But no such decision has been taken as yet.”
Mkhize said the problem is that too many people getting sick at the same time and urged citizens to use masks, hand washing and practice social distancing.
“During the month of July we are going to see larger numbers getting infected, going into August. We are hoping to manage the situation during this time.”