Health Minister Dr. Joe Phaahla made a statement on Friday (3 September) that they will continue to assess the downward trend of Covid-19 cases in the country and could so advise for some restrictions to be eased.
“We are discussing this on a weekly basis. We are reviewing and encouraged by the declining numbers. We will do our analysis from the Department of Health and are also advised by our Inter-Ministerial Committee. If it becomes clear that there is stability and the infection rates are definitely stabilising, we will give the necessary advice,” Phaahla said.
He added that he hopes that the Covid-19 cases in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape will also drop. Phaahla painted a positive picture of the country’s battle against Covid-19, saying most of the provinces seemed to experiencing a decline in infection rates.
“We are hoping that KwaZulu-Natal will start to decline and Eastern Cape will stabilise,” he said.
He added that they are optimistic about the country moving to lockdown level 2 in the next few weeks, however this will only happen if the numbers continue to decline.
“So you can look forward to some more relaxations, but that will still mean that it’s going to be all of our responsibility to observe the necessary COVID-19 protocols. I want to assure the nation that were are not oblivious of the pressure of restrictions at Level 3. So we will give the necessary advice”
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