Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde said that now that the Western Cape had exited the peak of the Covid-19 third wave, he would approach the president to move the country to alert level 2.
He stated that all indicators pointed to a decline in Covid-19 cases, hospital admissions and deaths. The province now has over 32 000 active Covid-19 cases and 3 210 people are in hospital with the virus.
The third wave in the Western Cape has lasted much longer than the previous wave, which resulted in a prolonged period of pressure on the health platform. But now that the peak has passed, Winde said that it was time for the restrictions to be relaxed.
“I need to petition the president to change the lockdown level in our province. We need to move to alert level 2 as soon as possible to enable jobs in our economy to grow as we move towards our summer season.”
He said that this would enable the weekend sale of alcohol, a later curfew and an adjustment to the size of gatherings. Winde said that this was essential for job creation, especially in the hospitality and events sector as the tourism season approaches.
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