- The nation can expect to be placed under stricter Covid-19 regulations soon
- The NCCC is set to meet this week after SA recorded high Covid-19 infections
- With the second wave in full swing Ministers will be recalled form their holidays
The National Coronavirus Command Council is set to meet this week as SA suffers through the second wave of Covid-19 infections.
A recent report indicates that President Cyril Ramaphosa will be recalling cabinet ministers from their holiday.
An urgent meeting is set to take place on Tuesday to address the crisis, while it remains unclear what restrictions will be amended.
Sunday Times, speaking to a government insider, reported that a review may see:
- Lowered limits on gatherings
- Movement restrictions
- Borders being closed
- Alcohol restrictions
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has warned restaurants that they would face more restrictions should they fail to adhere to lockdown.
With South Africa's hospitals filling up at an alarming pace and operating on skeleton staff due to the festive season, experts have appealed to South Africans to clamp down.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Glenda Gray, president of the Medical Research Council, has urged South Africans to put an end to the spread of Covid-19.
The expert has warned that SA will be subjected to recurring waves until vaccines are widely available:
“As long as the virus is circulating, there will be variation … we need to understand that when this wave is over, there is going to be a third and fourth wave.”
Until a vaccine is indeed widely available, Gray urged people to religiously exercise non-pharmaceutical interventions:
- Physical distancing
- Wearing a mask
- Ensuring good ventilation by meeting outdoors
- Hand washing and sanitising
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