- An increase in lockdown restrictions might be on the horizon over the Easter period
- President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation tonight or on Monday over possible lockdown rules
- The government is aware that there is a fine line between saving lives and saving livelihoods but a thrid wave might hit South Africa soon
South Africans might be forced into another lockdown over the Easter holidays as a third wave of Covid-19 is a serious possibility.
The 501Y.V2 variant, also known as the South African variant is in circulation which has proven to be more contagious than the original virus.
The government might increase restrictions over the Easter holidays to reduce a spike in infections.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation, either on Sunday or Monday to inform the populace of any further restrictions according to IOL.
The government is aware that they need to walk a tightrope between saving lives and saving livelihoods.
An advisory committee has called for tougher lockdown restrictions over the Easter weekend according to Business Tech.
Health experts warned that the Easter weekend is a perfect storm for Covid-19 and could lead to a massive spike in infections.
These events are labelled as "super spreader" events and could spark a third wave of Covid-19 in South Africa.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that cabinet members held a virtual meeting on Wednesday, 24 March where various topics were discussed. One of which was the country's vaccination roll-out programme. The Coronavirus Disease Sisonke vaccination programme has been extended to 54 vaccine sites across the country.
The statement released by the government about Cabinet's virtual meeting also discussed other aspects of the country's response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The vaccination roll-out programme's different phases were discussed in more detail.
According to the statement, to date, 207 808 South Africans have been vaccinated against Covid-19.
In other news, South Africans have raised concerns about a possible increase in lockdown regulations. This follows a recent report revealed that the National Command Council (NCC) was advised to restrict gatherings to 50 people and impose a 10pm curfew due to the Easter celebrations.
South Africans have started discussing the possibility of the country moving to Alert Level 2. The report stated that the NCC is expected to meet on Thursday. President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson said the government is keeping a close eye on developments in the pandemic and economy.
The news of the NCC being advised to move the country to level 2 has created a buzz on social media with #Level2 trending on Twitter.
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