The government is considering the reintroduction of Level 3 lockdown in regions with Covid-19 spikes. Briefly.co.za explores the latest on the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa.
The government is faced with certain regions reporting high Covid-19 infection rates at the moment.
With the economy trying to recover from harsh lockdown restrictions for the majority of the year, the state is considering an alternative approach.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic below:
1. Government contemplating regional lockdown measures
The government is considering the reintroduction of Level 3 lockdowns in regions of SA where a spike in Covid-19 cases has been recorded.
This is according to the Sunday Times, who reported that an ANC leader had revealed stakeholders had agreed to move Port Elizabeth to this level.
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize had reportedly sought to place the region under Level 4 restrictions, but a compromise had been made.
The source is reported as saying all taverns would need to be closed down, with no on-site drinking and a tighter curfew implemented.
These restrictions will still need to be confirmed by the National Coronavirus Command Council.
2. Mkhize on latest statistics
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided South Africans with another update on the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement released by the Department of Health on Saturday, Mkhize confirmed that:
"As of today, the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases is 785 139 with 3 198 new cases identified since the last report."
In addition to this, Mkhize also confirmed the latest number of fatalities recorded in the country:
"Regrettably, we report 61 more COVID-19 related deaths: Eastern Cape 26, Gauteng 1, Kwa-Zulu Natal 12, Limpopo 7 and Western Cape 15. This brings the total deaths to 21 439 deaths."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that people intending to cross over South African borders will still need to produce Covid-19 certificates despite the December rush.
This is according to Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi who recently met with his Zimbabwean counterpart at the Beitbridge border post.
The meeting had seen plans to alleviate pressure on the post during the December festive season.
Motsoaledi remains resolute on one of the restrictions put into place when travel out of the country was reopened:
"Covid-19 regulations still need to be followed. For the first time in December, with a large number of people going through the borders, we are going to be demanding Covid-19 certificates."
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