Gauteng looking at 'harder' restrictions including alcohol ban

Gauteng looking at 'harder' restrictions including alcohol ban

- Gauteng Premier David Makhura said the province is considering 'harder' lockdown restrictions amid rising Covid-19 cases

- Makhura said the Covid-19 'storm' has arrived in the province

- The Premier said the daily increase in cases is worrying and a discussions will take place for stricter measures

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Gauteng Premier David Makhura said the provincial government is consulting about introducing a localised hard lockdown in the province.

Gauteng has seen a sharp rise in the number of Covid-19 infections and this has caused a strain on the healthcare system.

Makhura said a “Covid-19 storm” had arrived in the province and‚ unfortunately‚ it cannot be “prayed away".

Gauteng Premier David Makhura

Gauteng Premier David Makhura
Source: UGC

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Makhura has also pleaded with people to change their behaviour. He said:

"Harder lockdown being localised in some of the areas where things are just getting out of hand; the infection rate is just getting out of hand. People are not observing any of the measures that have been put in place.
"So this Saturday’s we doing consultations about exploring some of the reintroduction of the harsher measures. Some of them may include issues pertaining to alcohol." reported that the Gauteng Health Department said government medical facilities are now at maximum capacity in the province and there are no vacant beds.

SABC News reported that Professor Steve Moeng from the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital has said that health workers are the ones who bear the brunt of the rising number of patients seeking healthcare.

Moeng added that, "Unfortunately, the number of trauma cases have risen due the lifting on the ban on the sale of alcohol."

BusinessTech reported that Makhura said that Gauteng now has the largest number of active cases at more than 3 000 new cases daily. This means that the pandemic is running ‘slightly ahead’ of the projected models.

He added that the peak of the virus may now arrive in August instead of September. Makhura said they are making a presentation to the National Corona Command Council (NCCC).

Among the issues to be discussed will be the sale of alcohol, the return of learns to school on 6 July, the reopening of churches and other sectors.

As at 2 July, Gauteng has 49 937 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 282 deaths. There are only 12 957 recoveries.

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