Lockdown is here to stay as government seeks to avoid 'Black October'

Lockdown is here to stay as government seeks to avoid 'Black October'

- Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has explained that lockdown will not be lifted anytime soon

- The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister said that the government is trying to avoid a critical situation such as 'Black October'

- Black October was a period during the Spanish Flu where 300 000 South Africans died

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The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has explained the South Africans should not expect lockdown to be lifted anytime soon.

Speaking at a Parliamentary Plenary Session, the Minister admitted that the Cabinet has had some shortcomings in some aspects of the lockdown but made it clear that lockdown is here to stay.

She told the virtual meeting that there will be ‘no rush’ to relax regulations, reported The South African.

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The Minister, who has been the subject of various court cases about lockdown regulations, specifically the tobacco ban, has maintained an unwavering stance.

Dlamini-Zuma was in court today and the Pretoria High Court reserved judgement in the government's appeal against the court ruling that national lockdown regulations are unconstitutional, said eNCA.

The COGTA Minister also referenced the Spanish Flu, which infected half a billion people in 1918 - 1920. She warned of a Black October, a month during the Spanish Flu in which thousands of South Africans lost their lives over the course of six weeks.

Dlamini-Zuma said:

"The president says we must not ease it in a rushed manner because we will get a surge that we may not be able to deal with. So we have had to open up slowly. We have to save lives. This country during the Spanish Flu lost more than 300 000 people, almost in six weeks around ‘Black October’. We don’t want that situation."

The Minister explained that this is the rationale in not rushing to open inter-provincial travel and social gatherings remaining illegal.

The Minister said that the government is trying to balance livelihoods and that is why they are gradually opening up the economy and matching that with the readiness of the health services.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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