- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has hinted that South Africa can expect some good news this week
- This comes as the government considers changes to the current Covid-19 lockdown restrictions
- While Mkhize was vague he noted that SA's infection rate has shown some substantial improvement
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has hinted that South Africans have good reason to be optimistic this week.
The nation, according to the minister, has seen the lowest number of Covid-19 infections since June with only 3 700 new cases recorded during the past day.
In addition to this, the total number of new cases reported are declining on a weekly basis with fewer new patients than in previous months noted thus far.
Speaking to the SABC, Mkhize says that this drop in new infections is one of the many encouraging developments this month.
With fewer new patients a decrease in the number of Covid-19 tests has also been noted with the Western Cape over the hurdle while the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces also heading in the same direction.
The South African reports that Mkhize confirmed that some restrictions will be lifted, while at the same time urging against 'rash decisions':
“While we are quite optimistic about these trends, we must get these numbers down past one thousand new cases per day – that’d be fantastic. We also do not want to cause a resurgence of the virus, as it could be worse than what we’ve already experienced. Therefore, we cannot just open up as if everything is normal.”
Nevertheless, Mkhize promised that some 'good news' is on the cards while keeping scientific advice in mind:
“We are preparing submissions and need to make recommendations to ease certain restrictions. A lot of issues are being discussed and the president is guiding on us on what will happen next. We want to have a thorough scientific basis for our next steps, but we are all responsible for our own destiny.”
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that the Democratic Alliance has called for the immediate lifting of both the tobacco and liquor ban.
The opposition party is adamant that ANC ideals and not scientific advice have guided the stubborn prohibition.
The DA has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to 'choose SA' and not the beliefs of his fellow comrades, lamenting the crippling economic impact of this controversial restriction.
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