- The current Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa may change in the coming week with the National Coronavirus Command Council set to meet
- President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation before the week is over on the adjustments
- Reports indicate that a relaxation of the restrictions may be on the cards for Mzansi
The government is expected to review the regulations of SA's Covid-19 lockdown with the NCCC to meet on Tuesday.
The country may be set for a relaxation with experts indicating that many provinces, including the Western Cape, Gauteng and the Eastern Cape, already having passed peak infections.
The Sunday Times reports that Mzansi can expect another 'family meeting' with President Cyril Ramaphosa with the current state of disaster set to expire on Saturday.
The KwaZulu-Natal province remains a concern with the number of cases in the region seeing an influx.
The ban on liquor and tobacco products may be considered by the council but it remains unlikely that these restrictions will be relaxed.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize had expressed the view that SA isn't ready to lift the prohibition.
The minister explained that it is too soon to place pressure on hospitals by relaxing the bans:
“Our focus as the health department is about the health of the nation. Therefore, where we think that certain practices will compromise the health of our people, we will not hesitate to stand on the side of health."
Mkhize highlighted that data had shown how alcohol related trauma cases had placed pressure on the health care system.
The minister promised that things will 'open up when the numbers settle down', adamant that the situation isn't a 'contest' between the state and private sector:
“We just want to make it clear that if something is going to disturb the ease with which we are managing beds, patient numbers, and improving care, we will actually stand up and say that these things should be avoided until we are over the hump.”
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