- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says that provinces with low Covid-19 infection rates may be in for a treat
- These regions may well be moved to a lower lockdown level due to the lower risk
- This comes as over 58 000 cases of the virus have been reported in SA
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says that there is a high possibility that regions with low levels of Covid-19 may migrate to more relaxed restrictions.
These areas may move to Level 2 or 1 soon, with the Minister commenting that this reality isn't too far off:
"I think we can get to Level 2 in a matter of a week or two weeks. It is a matter of adjusting. As we adjust further, it will be possible to get to those levels."
Mkhize explained that this would be possible for areas that have low Covid-19 transmissions:
"I do think that areas that are able to do that, are areas which are called the low transmission areas. These low transmission areas are areas where the number of positive people is low."
Briefly.co.za reported that Police Minister Bheki Cele had called for a return on the alcohol ban.
Mkhize has also backed this, saying that the government may need to consider the possibility of implementing this restriction again.
Explaining his reasoning, Mkhize said that liquor placed pressure on the health system at a time where the availability of beds is critical:
"We have to consult provinces, governments and various stakeholders so this doesn't become a very simple matter. However, there may well even arise a situation where we might feel the numbers of beds are compromised by the fact that there is too much of trauma. The records that we have, show that there has been a lot of relief when the alcohol was not being easily available."
To date, South Africa has recorded over 58 000 Covid-19 infections, with over 33 000 citizens recovering.
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