Covid-19 update: Level 4 allows for takeaways, but no gym and booze

Covid-19 update: Level 4 allows for takeaways, but no gym and booze

South Africans learnt more about what would and wouldn't be allowed when the lockdown eases on Thursday. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the fight against the coronavirus.

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South Africans are currently spending what will hopefully be their last weekend in Level 5 lockdown.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates after more light was shed on what the new restrictions will be.

1. Covid-19: Takeaway deliveries will be allowed during Level 4 lockdown

South Africans love their takeaways and will be please to hear that a relaxation in the lockdown laws will be making those cravings a thing of the past.

Restaurants and takeaways will be opened for delivery during Level 4, but only for deliveries - The nation will be entering this level of lockdown for the first time on Friday.

2. Covid-19: SA moves into level 4 of lockdown: Still no alcohol or gym

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Minister Ebrahim Patel have given a briefing on the classification of industries as part of the risk-adjusted strategy on re-opening the economy as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The lockdown will continue and most restrictions will stay in place as it shifts to level 4. Some companies will reopen and people can get back to work and the government has taken measures to ensure that the health system is not overwhelmed.

If the confirmed cases of COVID-19 increase then the lockdown will go back to level 5.

"You remain at home except if you are going to work, buy essential goods or seeking medial attention." Dlamini-Zuma said.

3. Covid-19: Cases in SA hit 4 220 with death toll rising to 79

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided South Africa with yet another update on the coronavirus situation after a massive spike in cases.

In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, Mkhize confirmed that the number of cases has increased by 267 infections, pushing the total to 4 220 cases.

The nation continues to endure increasing fatalities, with Mkhize confirming four additional deaths on Friday evening:

"Today, we regrettably report 4 new deaths. This brings the total to 79. We convey our condolences to the families of the deceased and appreciate the health workers who treated the deceased patients."

4. Mboweni: Economy shake-up will put locals first who play by the rules

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has let South Africa know that it will no longer be business as usual. He said that businesses need to conform to the country's labour laws if they wish to receive funding support.

He said that a new economy will be born after the lockdown ends. Briefly.co.za learned that the government has earmarked R500 billion to help small businesses and vulnerable people who have been impacted by Covid-19.

If businesses want to receive the funding they will need to put South African citizens first and be properly registered.

“The government will have to put in place labour market policies which are supportive of the increase in employment of South African youth without discriminating against non- South Africans.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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