Health officials have called for the introduction of stricter measures to curb South Africa’s rising Covid-19 cases and to mitigate the impact of a third wave of infections.
The government is considering a move to an adjusted level 2 lockdown, which has been recommended by the country’s Ministerial Advisory Committee. The adjusted level 2 lockdown would include further restrictions around large social gatherings as well as a longer evening curfew and possibly another ban on the sale of alcohol.
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize warned of the likelihood of additional restrictions in South Africa as a result of rising Covid-19 infections. He said that the government has discussed the rising numbers. “At some point we are going to have to start looking at additional restrictions,” he said.
“We are going to be recommending that there should be more focus on the size of gatherings, and look at the focus on some of the measures that were actually released when we thought the situation was much more improved.” He highlighted the importance of trying to maintain a balance to ensure that people continue to be able to work. “We do need to send a strong message still, that people can’t be complacent.”
On Wednesday, 26 May 2021 South Africa reported 4 623 new Covid-19 cases. A further 101 Covid-19 related deaths were reported, bringing total fatalities to 56 077 to date. To keep up to date with covid19 cases visit www.sacoronavirus.co.za.