- Chair of the ministerial advisory committee on Covid-19, Professor Salim Karim, says more time is needed to determine SA's next move
- This is according to a report which stated that a few more days are needed before a decision can be made
- However, Karim is optimistic that SA will continue to see reduced infections and increased recoveries
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Ministerial advisory committee on Covid-19 chair Professor Salim Karim says that the nation's way forward amid the pandemic can only be made after a few more days.
A report says that Karim had noted the latest infection and hospital admission trends had been promising.
This had resulted in the increasing calls to relax lockdown restrictions, but Karim cautioned against rushing the decision according to an interview with Independent Media:
“In the past seven days to 10 days, the number of overall new cases have been coming down, (but) that on its own is not enough because you need to collaborate it with other information. If you look at the evidence it’s a promising trend, but it’s too early to make any firm conclusions. We need a few more days. But it’s all going in the right direction. I am optimistic that we are now on a downward trend."
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This comes after the forum for SA's director-generals advised the National Coronavirus Command Council that the economy should be reopened and the lockdown eased to Level 2.
New24 had reported that the liquor and tobacco bans had also been discussed, with President Cyril Ramaphosa told that both should be lifted.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that the Democratic Alliance had urged President Ramaphosa to 'grow a spine' and put an end to the economically devastating lockdown entirely.
Interim party leader John Steenhuisen noted the promising statistics and said that, while a second wave is possible, the nation needs to begin repairing the economy that was already in crisis before the pandemic hit.
The DA, as well as union federation COSATU, is also in favour of the ban on liquor and tobacco products being lifted.
Ramaphosa is expected to address South Africa on the path forward before the end of this week.
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