Covid-19: SA could be in lockdown for months to defeat the virus

Covid-19: SA could be in lockdown for months to defeat the virus

- The lockdown might be extended beyond the initial 21-days

- The virus has not yet reached its peak and relaxing the lockdown might accelerate infections

- If that is necessary, it will not be an easy or popular decision to make for President Cyril Ramaphosa

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As we enter the 10th day of lockdown, almost half-way, people are getting to grips with the new normal. However, there might be a chance that the lockdown is extended beyond the initial 21 days.

Briefly.co.za learned that the three-week lockdown might turn into a three or four-month ordeal as the virus has not reached its peak and if lockdown measures are relaxed too early, infections could spike and spiral out of control.

The South African covered a story that was initially picked up by The Rapport which suggested that the lockdown could be extended.

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This would result in South Africans being forced to stay home for 12-16 weeks, which could cause significant unrest in parts of the population.

If the lockdown is extended, it would not be an easy decision to make, nor a popular one but if South Africa is to survive this virus, sacrifices are going to have to be made.

If the virus spirals out of control then the healthcare system faces the possibility of collapse. As it is, South Africa only has 4000 ventilators in public and private facilities, which may not be enough for critically ill patients if the number of cases skyrockets.

Briefly.co.za reported on the Donald Trump's warning to the America public that many Americans are going to die as a result of the disease, with the country reporting over 130 000 confirmed cases of the virus.

“There’s going to be a lot of death,” Trump said at a briefing with reporters.

He brushed aside criticism that the government had done too little to source enough ventilators which could increase the chances of survival of critically ill patients.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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