Article by: Emma Clayfield
In an interview with eNCA this morning, Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize made highlight, that it would be possible for areas with low Covid-19 related cases to move to lower levels of lockdown soon.
“I think we can get to Level 2 in a matter of a week or two weeks. “ it is a matter of adjusting. As we adjust further, it will be possible to get to those levels,” Mkhize said.
Mkhize touched on the strain faced by hospitals across the country due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, also emphasizing that there is a growing demand for more hospital beds, due to rising COVID-19 infections.
To date South Africa has recorded that more than 58,000 people have contracted the coronavirus and over 33,000 of them have recovered and sitting at a total of 1354 deaths recorded.
Mkhize said government may have to consider banning the sale of alcohol again. He said records show that the banning brought relief to the health system.
“We have to consult provinces, governments and various stakeholders so this doesn’t become a very simple matter said minister Mkhize
Zweli Mkhize mention that: “However, there may well even arise a situation where we might feel the numbers of beds are compromised by the fact that there is too much of trauma.
“The records that we have, show that there has been a lot of relief when the alcohol was not being easily available.”
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