Covid-19 update: Report hints stricter lockdown may be loading

Covid-19 update: Report hints stricter lockdown may be loading

A report has hinted that South Africa may be facing a return of tougher lockdown restrictions. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

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The government is understood to be contemplating the return of hard lockdown restrictions.

This comes as the nation awaits a 'family meeting' with President Cyril Ramaphosa later this week.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest stories on the pandemic below:

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Ramaphosa is set to address the nation this week and a report indicates that the news may be grim for SA. Image: Flickr/ GovernmentZA
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1. Return to stricter lockdown may be on cards: Report

South Africa may be heading for a tightening of the current Level 1 lockdown restrictions when President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation.

Numerous government officials revealed to Bloomberg that the return of stricter regulations is currently being debated as the National Coronavirus Command Council gathers to discuss the nation's future.

Following this meeting, Cabinet will mull over the input of numerous experts, a meeting set to be held on Friday.

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While cases haven't 'spiked' as yet, the statistics show that a slow but steady increase is indeed taking place. The Eastern Cape province is battling against the influx of infections.

South Africans will need to wait until Ramaphosa's speech to gain more clarity on the situation, but the increasing number of countries imposing a second lockdown may help to sway the outcome.

2. Mkhize on latest statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has updated the nation on the latest Covid-19 statistics in South Africa.

In a statement released by the Department of Health on Tuesday evening, Mkhize confirmed that:

"As of today, the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases is 740 254 with 1 729 new cases identified since the last report."

In addition to the latest number of cases, the Minister reported on the most recent fatalities:

"Regrettably, we report 106 COVID-19 related deaths today: 12 from KwaZulu Natal, 24 from Eastern Cape, 15 from the Free State, 33 from North West, 7 from Gauteng, and 15 from Western Cape. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 19 951."
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Mkhize noted that SA's recoveries now stand at 683 194 which translates to a recovery rate of 92%.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa had rejected rumours that the nation is set to move back to Level 3 of the national lockdown.

Speaking during a Q and A session in the National Council of Provinces, Ramaphosa responded to the talk of restrictions tightening:

"I don't want people to be alarmed. That is simply not true. If it gets there, I will advise the nation."

Ramaphosa encouraged citizens to double down on preventative measures especially heading into the festive season.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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