- Premier Alan Winde says that the provincial government wants the Western Cape to move to Level 3 lockdown
- This comes as the region reports over 50% of South Africa's Covid-19 infections
- Winde is currently under self-quarantine after coming into contact with the late Lungile Tom
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Premier Alan Winde says the Western Cape provincial government wants the region to be moved to Level 3 lockdown.
The politician is currently under self-quarantine after having come into contact with eNCA cameraman Lungile Tom, who died after contracting Covid-19 on Wednesday.
Nevertheless, Winde insists that the province cannot sustain the current level of restrictions.
"With our health care system prepared, it is simply no longer possible to maintain Level 4 restrictions anywhere in the Western Cape or South Africa. The economic crisis caused by these restrictions has resulted in a life-threatening humanitarian disaster that will only worsen in the months ahead."
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Instead of painting the entire province with the same brush, Winde explained that targeted interventions are being carried out in hotspots.
"These hotspots are not whole provinces or even districts. They are geographical areas where people live, down to street-level."
After presenting this plan to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, with it later being adopted by Winde's cabinet.
"This focused effort of government, in partnership with the private sector and every person, will help us slow the spread and save lives, while still allowing more economic activity and protecting the livelihoods of especially our poor and vulnerable residents."
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had announced parts of South Africa would be shifting to Level 3 restrictions, while hotspots would remain under Level 4 regulations.
The Western Cape currently has over 6 000 positive Covid-19 cases and accounts for the majority of related fatalities in South Africa.
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