Young people’s behaviour also contributes to rapid COVID-19 second wave

Some of the main factors contributing to COVID-19  second wave in the province include the behaviour of young people during this holiday season, Limpopo Premier, Chupu Mathabatha warned.

In most cases, Mathabatha said soccer tournaments, street bashes, after-tear gatherings, weddings, church services, drinking in taverns, and shebeens are COVID-19 second wave super-spreaders in the province.

The warning comes after the province noted an increase in the number of infections in four local communities, which has raised awareness.

Premier Mathabatha said in a statement on Wednesday Makhado, Thulamela, Polokwane, and Thabazimbi municipalities had recently recorded the highest infections.

“Some of the main factors contributing to the second wave in the province are the behaviour of young people during this holiday season. So far, videos have been posted on social media platforms about young people visiting super-spreaders, and completely ignoring health protocols.” said Mathabatha.

The Premier said the current COVID-19 variant made it difficult to control.

He said this led to an overwhelming of public health facilities in the province, calling on society, in general, to treat this festive season as business unusual.

Mathabatha holds parents responsible for young people’s actions.

“People need to limit their movements as much as possible. Only close family, few friends and relatives have to attend the events. Limpopo encourages people to wear masks at all times, to maintain social distancing and practice healthy hygiene. We are under siege because of this pandemic, “said Mathabatha.

Mathabatha has called all the people in the province to practice the new norm to fight the virus.

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