Article By: Snethemba Lorato
Following an address by South African President Cyril Manamela Ramaphosa this evening, new lockdown and curfew measures have been put into place for metros that have been identified as Covid-19 Hotspot areas.
Ramaphosa announced this evening that Nelson Mandela Bay, Sarah Baartman and Garden Route districts were identified as Covid-19 infection hotspots. The president blamed the surge in infections in these districts; being due to the failure to adhere with lockdown regulations, such as washing your hands and wearing a mask.
Ramaphosa condemned South African citizens failure to protect each other from the spread of the virus during lockdown level 1, by attending large gatherings beyond the permitted number.
Social, cultural & religious gatherings are being held in large numbers. In many cases these gatherings are often attended by many more people than what is permitted under Level 1 restrictions. What is concerning is that these are also often held in venues with poor ventilation.— Cyril Ramaphosa 🇿🇦 #StaySafe (@CyrilRamaphosa) December 3, 2020
Due to the rise seen in the Nelson Mandela Bay district and the latter, these Covid -19 Hotspots Are Now Met By Mew Extensive Lockdown as new Curfew Regulations have been Introduced.
Ramaphosa said; Social, cultural & religious gatherings are being held in large numbers. In many cases these gatherings are often attended by many more people than what is permitted under Level 1 restrictions. What is concerning is that these are also often held in venues with poor ventilation.
In line with our differentiated approach to the management of the pandemic, we will therefore implement additional measures in those areas identified as coronavirus hotspots.— Cyril Ramaphosa 🇿🇦 #StaySafe (@CyrilRamaphosa) December 3, 2020
When identifying a hotspot, consideration is given to the number of new COVID-19 cases per day, the testing rate within the population, the percentage positivity rate within the population, the number of active cases, the number of hospital admissions and the number of deaths.
If we think of this pandemic like a bush fire, we need to quickly extinguish the flare ups before they turn into an inferno.
At the same time, we need to do all we can to keep the economy of our country open and to push ahead with our reconstruction and recovery effort. – Cyril Ramaphosa.
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