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S Africa coronavirus second wave risk ‘remains’

South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize at a press conference on Covid-19 response in Pretoria in March. PROTERIA, March 10, 2020 (Xinhua) -- South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize speaks at a press conference on COVID-19 in Proteria, South Africa, March 9, 2020. South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Monday announced that four more South Africans have been tested positive for the COVID-19. (Xinhua) (Photo by Xinhua/Sipa USA)

South Africa’s Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has said the country’s risk of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic still “remains”.

He told a virtual media briefing that containment measures must continue to be imposed.

The minister said the country is yet to breach its hospital bed capacity even after cases surged to over half a million over the weekend.

South Africa has been the hardest-hit in the continent and ranks fifth in the world in the number of confirmed cases.

Mr Mkhize has also ordered an investigation into media reports of healthcare workers lacking protective gear.

He said in a tweet: