It’s been a few days since Premier Alan Windes chaired a meeting with Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize regarding a short-term hard lockdown in the Western Cape following a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.
According to Windes, a decision on the measures the Western Cape provincial government is willing to take, to curb the rapid spread of COVID-19 will only be made on Thursday.
When speaking to Cape Argus, Windes said: “at this stage, no decision has been taken yet on localised restrictions, and we are still seeking legal advice on what is possible given that disaster restrictions are imposed by the national government, and not by provinces. However, we will communicate our plan of action at this week’s Digital Press Conference held on Thursday.”
1. #DigiconUpdate | We need every person in the Western Cape to help prevent a Lockdown and to ensure that there are enough empty beds in our hospitals for those who need them. pic.twitter.com/vzIXATOWT9— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) November 25, 2020
2. The WC Government has intentionally reintroduced key healthcare services to our facilities because we need to provide comprehensive care to everyone who needs it, not just those with Covid-19. pic.twitter.com/WWZyKLGgaV— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) November 25, 2020
3. We want to avoid at all costs having to once again de-escalate these essential services because this will have a detrimental impact on the health of our people. We have to save all lives, including those who don’t have Covid-19.— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) November 25, 2020
4. We also cannot afford a Lockdown again, as is being witnessed in many European countries right now. Our economy simply cannot afford it. A lockdown would kill jobs and cause our humanitarian disaster to worsen. This will also cost lives in the future. pic.twitter.com/DG5GWkF0kP— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) November 25, 2020
5. There is therefore only one option available to us all. We have to bring the situation under control through our own actions. We have to do everything possible to ensure that we do not get infected by Covid-19 and that we do not spread Covid-19. pic.twitter.com/pSY4qrLG0t— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) November 25, 2020
As at 30th November 2020, there are 2302 new COVID-19 cases in South Africa.
#COVID19 Statistics in SA as at 30 November.— Department of Health (@HealthZA) November 30, 2020
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