- Western Cape Premier Alan Winde vows to call for harsher Covid-19 restrictions
- This comes ahead of his meeting with the President's Coordinating Council on Monday
- With infections rising, Winde feels that a clampdown is the right response to the crisis
Premier Alan Winde says that he will be calling for tighter Covid-19 restrictions when he meets with the President's Coordinating Council this afternoon.
The DA politician has confirmed that the meeting, which is chaired by Cyril Ramaphosa himself, will take place on Monday afternoon.
Winde insists that he is behind the tightening of regulations in the face of SA's second wave of infections:
"We will be meeting with the PCC at 2pm today [Monday 28 December]. I will be asking for further restrictions because we have to save that frontline. We have to save that hospital system."
While Winde is calling for more restrictions, he explained that he doesn't believe in 'blanket full lockdowns'.
CapeTalkFM reports that the National Coronavirus Command Council had reportedly met over the weekend to discuss new restrictions.
Thus far Ramaphosa has made an announcement after the NCCC and the PCC meet, so reason stands that Mzansi can expect a family meeting shortly.
South Africa has now surpassed one million Covid-19 infections according to the Department of Health statement released on Sunday evening.
The Western Cape itself is experiencing immense strain as hospitals fill up with both Covid-19 cases and festive season trauma admissions.
The Premier commented that the province has hired 1 300 additional nurses in an attempt to relieve stressed front-line workers:
"Our system is at a very critical point. We are putting extra beds as quickly as we can, but it's not about the beds, it's actually about our frontline personnel."
Winde says that models indicate that the Western Cape is two weeks away from the peak of the second wave.
The association maintains that the vast majority of youths are the main culprits failing to adhere to restrictions.
Commenting on the situation, amid the second wave of Covid-19 infections, SAMA head Angelique Coetzee says:
“The majority of young people especially that do not listen … they need to [be] held accountable. So if they are not wearing their masks when they go into shopping centres, they then need to do community service [or] to pay a fine. That is something we need to look at.”
SAMA has called for this to form part of the Level 2 lockdown restrictions that it wants the state to implement.
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