Mkhize Says Gauteng Hard Lockdown Is Possible

Mkhize said that the national coronavirus command council would evaluate whether Gauteng needed to go back to a hard lockdown.

Mkhize Says Gauteng Hard Lockdown Is Possible-SurgeZirc SA
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize/Photo File:Screengrabs

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said that there was concern that the rapid increase of COVID-19 cases in Gauteng could overwhelm health facilities in the province.

Mkhize said that the movement of people would continue leading to more infections.

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Gauteng’s active cases have been rapidly rising since lockdown restriction were eased.

Mkhize said that the national coronavirus command council would evaluate whether Gauteng needed to go back to a hard lockdown.

“At the moment we’ve not taken a decision for a hard lockdown but it cannot be ruled out as a future instrument that can be used, so if there’s a need and it looks like its the only way out, we might have to institute that.”

Earlier, Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku said that they were looking to introduce stricter regulations.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura said that although they are planing to introduce strict regulation towards COVID-19 peak time, they still expect more business operations to take place.

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He said that they are not planing to introduce hard lockdown, but the regulations has to be strengthened. This could lead sale of alcohol to be sold once a week as per his address.

President last week, said that ban of tobacco sale won’t be forever but for a certain time, although its  said some areas will be permitted to sell tobacco products.

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