Covid-19 updates: Booze, curfew rules may be loading for hotspots

Covid-19 updates: Booze, curfew rules may be loading for hotspots

The government is considering clamping down with tighter restrictions on the two provinces with the highest number of cases. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in SA.

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The government is set to make a decision on what will become of the two provinces in SA that are currently recording the highest number of Covid-19 infections.

The NCCC will deliberate over tightening restrictions in these regions on Tuesday according to reports.

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

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Mkhize is set to present the proposal to the NCC on Tuesday. Image: Darren Stewart/Gallo Images
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1. Covid-19 hotspots facing clampdown

The government is exploring possibly clamping down on the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape.

These regions have all seen a spike in Covid-19 infections and are currently viewed as hotspots in the battle against the pandemic.

Local officials insist that liquor-related injuries are placing strain on the hospital system in these areas

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News24 had reported that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize is set to table proposals during an urgent National Coronavirus Command Council meeting on Tuesday.

The NCCC will then decide whether or not an extended curfew and limits on gatherings would be needed.

The sale of alcohol has been highlighted as one of the leading drivers of Covid-19 infections.

2. Mkhize on latest statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided South Africans with another update on Covid-19 infections in the country.

In a statement released by the Department of Health on Monday evening, Mkhize commented that:

"As of today, the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases is 790 004 with 2 302 new cases identified since the last report."

In addition to the spike in infections, Mkhize also noted the latest number of fatalities:

"Regrettably, 58 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 32, Free State 5, Gauteng 3, Kwa-Zulu Natal 3 and Western Cape 15. This brings the total deaths to 21 535 deaths."

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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Eastern Cape authorities are calling for a tightening of restrictions, suggesting an effective return to Level 3 lockdown restrictions.

This comes after experts claimed that South Africa could face a second wave of Covid-19 infections unless the outbreak of infections in the province is not contained.

The Nelson Mandela Bay metro alone accounts for over half of the nation's daily infections. Professor Salim Abdool Karim has signalled his concerns over the thousands of citizens expected to travel over the festive season.

The Covid-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee says that the end of the holiday season will see travellers transmitting the virus around the country.

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize had recently noted that, despite reports indicating a tightening of restrictions, no official decision has been taken on the Eastern Cape.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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