Some virus hotspots may stay at level 4

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Tuesday that some high-risk areas hit very badly by the virus may stay on a stricter lockdown from June 1st.

While the rest of the country goes to lighter level 3 rules, these hotspot areas “will remain at Level 4, with the intensive implementation of screening, testing and restrictions,” Mkhize said.

A hotspot means there are more than five active cases per 100 000 people or that cases are rising exceptionally fast.

The following areas are currently hotspots: Tshwane, Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Ethekwini, Nelson Mandela Bay, Buffalo City and Cape Town metro’s; the West Coast, Overberg and Cape Winelands districts in the Western Cape, Chris Hani district in the Eastern Cape, and iLembe district in KZN.