Get set for at least another two weeks of lockdown

Covid SA

Dylan Bettencourt

Two weeks ago President Cyril Ramaphosa told the nation it will be placed on severe Level four lockdown for a period of two weeks due the country’s skyrocketing Covid-19 infection rate.

With the continued rise of infections, Ramaphosa is expected to keep the nation under the Level four lockdown regulations when he announces the cabinet’s reviewed measures on Sunday evening.

The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) meeting was set to take place on Sunday at 10am. A coordinating council meeting with President Ramaphosa later took place at 2.30pm to discuss the adjusted Level four restrictions. 

The cabinet is also expected to extend the National State of Disaster by another month. 

Dr Mvuyisi Mzukwa, vice-chairperson of the SA Medical Association, told City Press that South Africa has to remain under these regulations for another two weeks and that schools should not be reopened either.

“We don’t think it’s a good idea for them to open on 18 July. We think that’s too early. We also think we should continue with the current curfew,” said Mzukwa.

Medical expert Dr Aslam Dasoo said that given the difficulty Government has in managing the restrictions in different provinces, we can expect to remain under the adjusted restrictions for the foreseeable future with some minor changes. 

In the last 24 hours, South Africa witnessed a total of 21,610 new cases of Covid-19 with 265 people losing their life to the virus. 

The vaccine rollout saw 21,728 individuals receive their jab in the last 24 hours. A total of 4,225,021 people in SA are now fully vaccinated, as more age groups are cleared to receive the jab.

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