SA could move to level 3 sooner than we think according to Parliament

SA could move to level 3 sooner than we think according to Parliament

- The trade, industry and competition portfolio committee has revealed that we may move to level 3 very swiftly

- If South Africa does not experience a sharp increase in infections then there is no reason why the country can't move to level 3

- The impact on the economy is still being investigated

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Parliament's trade, industry and competition portfolio committee reported that if South Africa can keep the infection rate stable than it could see a shift from level 4 lockdown to level 3 very soon.

The committee in cooperation with trade and industry, economic development, small business, tourism, employment and labour had a meeting on Friday.

"Should the country avoid a sharp increase in the levels of infections with the return to work of large numbers of workers and expanded testing and healthcare facilities, the economy could shift to level 3 as soon as possible," the committee said in a statement.

Trade and industry minister Ebrahim Patel revealed that there is not prescribed number of weeks that SA has to be on level 4 and could move to level 3 rapidly.

"The committees heard the initial return to work will be based on the national level, but will progressively be expanded to provincial and district level, enabling workplaces to adapt to the level of infections and healthcare readiness in localities," the committee said in a statement.

There is no way to prevent the economy from suffering under lockdown.

“Work is still underway to establish the extent of the impact. We are keen to restart as many economic areas as possible,” he told the committee.

The Competition Commission has revealed that it has received 1 000 complaints and concerns and the National Consumer Commission has received 1 700 complaints.

In other news, reported that a market research and consulting company, Ipsos, have discovered that more the 8 out of 10 South Africans are in favour of the lockdown according to the results of an online study.

"84% agree that a total lockdown was correct - given the risks of the Covid-19 pandemic," its spokesperson, Mari Harris, said in a statement on Friday.

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