The minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, admitted the WHO doesn’t believe that SA qualifies to move down the levels just yet. Mkhize was speaking at a briefing with health experts on Tuesday night on SA’s Covid-19 projections. The latest figures stands at 17,200 cases with 312 deaths. Minister Mkhize explained the criteria for easing lockdown regulations as advised by the WHO. “The WHO has said that we need to start showing that the numbers are declining, and infections are not increasing. We are nowhere near that.” He continued saying that this was not the only factor to take into account before decisions are made in regards to the level of lockdown.
“We are balancing the issue of hunger, food security, job protection, the issue of the economy and the issue of constriction to social disruption. Those are the issues that have to be taken to account.”
The minister said that on the positive side, community transmission had remained low except for the Western Cape and Eastern Cape.
Gauteng premier, David Makhura said his government was consulting with various sectors to prepare for less stringent lockdown measures. The premier said that the province was ready to move to level three but would need the help of business leaders and law enforcement agencies to ensure compliance with regulations. Makhura has cited the ailing economy as just one of the reasons that level three must be affected across the province. “Every scenario says that Covid-19 on the economy would be no less than the scale of the 1929 Great Depression. I think is something very serious.”