- The Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said that the lockdown is having the desired effect
- It is delaying the peak rate of infections to September
- However, there are those who want to end the lockdown early
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has said that the lockdown will not prevent the spread of Covid-19 but delay the spread. An estimated 60%-70% of the population is expected to contract the virus.
The two-week extension to the lockdown has resulted in a predicted delay to peak to September. Initially, without the lockdown, the peak was expected to be in July, with the 3-week lockdown the peak was expected in August.
Briefly.co.za learned that the extra time gives the government a chance to prepare for a worst-case scenario with a cure or vaccine only expected next year at the earliest.
Mkhize has warned that the winter months will see an increase in infection rates which will peak in September.
Al Jama-Ah, a political party that champions the causes of Muslim in South Africa feels that the lockdown should continue beyond April despite resistance from businesses according to The Citizen.
“It will be a real May Day if the lockdown is lifted at end of April 2020 as the official opposition and big business are rejecting even the latest extension of the lockdown. There seems to be growing support to save the economy rather than lives,” said Ganief Hendricks, leader of the party.
He said: “The party’s position is to continue with lockdown until a vaccine is available. Regulations must even be tightened,” Hendricks said.
A group of researchers have said that a multipronged approach to Covid-19 is necessary to combat the virus, save lives and the economy.
“Any potentially viable response to Covid-19 needs to address all three aspects in concert. This is particularly important as the country plans for the next stage of its response after the lockdown. Focusing only on the health challenges and not paying attention to the economic issues will result in significantly higher economic costs, and will also undermine the health imperatives.
“Our view is that a protracted lockdown won’t necessarily have the effect of ridding the country of the virus, but it will result in unacceptably high health and economic consequences.”
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that the EFF want to keep the alcohol ban in place during lockdown.
The Economic Freedom Front (EFF) want to keep the alcohol ban in place for as long as lockdown is in place. They claim that there is no scientific reason for lifting the alcohol ban now.
The Beer Association of South Africa and other liquor bodies have appealed to President Cyril Ramaphosa to lift the ban.
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