According to the Bureau of Economic Research (BER), the level 3 lockdown could be downgraded to level 2 by the end of this week as Covid-19 infection rates continue to drop however provinces like KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape are still struggling to lower their infection rates but most provinces appear to be over the worst of the devastating third wave.
The BER is often spot-on when it comes to predicting changes to South Africa’s lockdown restrictions and during a press release this week, they stated that “positive trends” were likely to lead to a loosening of the current regulations.
“During the weekly update by the Health Ministry on Friday, the minister stressed that as soon as there is a sustained decrease in infections, it would advise the president to relax these restrictions. Given the recent positive trends in new COVID-19 cases in most provinces, a further loosening of lockdown could follow in the [week ahead] or so.”
In all likelihood, any step forward is likely to be a cautious one as not every province is past the third wave and the discovery of the C1.2 variant has the scientific community on standby.
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