- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has shed some light onto which regulations may be eased relating to the national lockdown
- Mkhize has noted a decline in infections but warns against becoming complacent when it comes to preventative measures against Covid-19
- Briefly.co.za explores the minister's input on what may be expected when President Ramaphosa addresses the nation
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided some insight into which restrictions South Africans can expect changes to when the nation shifts to the next level of the national lockdown.
In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, Mkhize reminded citizens that the government had promised to review the regulations from time to time:
"In previous statements relating to restrictions under the National State of Disaster, we committed to reviewing these periodically as we reassess the state of the South African epidemic, and this is indeed what we have done."
The minister said that South Africa has been recording considerably fewer Covid-19 infections in recent times, explaining that some restrictions have come into the spotlight as a result:
"Having observed evidence that suggests a sustained decline in coronavirus transmission, as the Department of Health we have considered easing restrictions in various aspects - such as the curfew, sale of alcohol, religious gatherings, and travel restrictions - for the National Coronavirus Command Council, which will make final recommendations to Cabinet."
Mkhize urged citizens, irrespective of which relaxations are finalised, to continue playing their role in limiting the spread of the virus:
"Whatever decisions are made, it is important to emphasise that the risk of spreading and contracting Covid-19 still remains and that non-pharmaceutical interventions remain important as we learn to co-exist with the coronavirus."
The minister warned that, while the outlook is currently positive, a second surge of infections could be worse than the first:
"The threat of a resurgence that could be more devastating than the first wave of infections remains very real. We must always remember this. Most importantly we must encourage and remind one another that these simple interventions remain an important part of our new lives."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa is engaging with ministers, premiers and other key figures to determine South Africa's future.
With the decline in cases, the focus has been instead turned to economic recovery in the wake of financial devastation in the country.
Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation on a possible shift to Level 1 lockdown during the course of this week.
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