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SAMA calls for tougher lockdown restrictions in South Africa

The body which represents the interests of medical doctors in South Africa, wants tougher regulations than the lockdown level 2 restrictions introduced this week.
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The South African Medical Association (SAMA) wants the government to introduce further restrictions in South Africa as the third wave looms.

The body which represents the interests of medical doctors in South Africa, wants tougher regulations than the lockdown level 2 restrictions introduced this week.

SAMA particularly wants to see tighter Covid-19 regulations introduced at weekends.

“If you look at the curfew during the week, we are very happy about it. The problem, however, is people tend to party and tend to come together over weekends,” said the association’s Dr Angelique Coetzee.

SAMA is also concerned about the slow roll-out of the vaccination processes which may impact on the severity of the third wave of the coronavirus.

“The plan was to reach five million people in phase 2 of the rollout, but this is being hampered by the slow rollout and poor adherence to non-pharmaceutical interventions such as possible poor ventilation that might be experienced in clinics administering the vaccine,” Coetzee said.

South Africa moved to an adjusted level 2 lockdown on Monday (31 May), following a spike in Covid-19 cases.

The updated restrictions include:

  • An evening curfew between 23h00 – 04h00
  • Non-essential establishments such as restaurants and bars must close at 22h00
  •  Gatherings are limited to 100 people indoors and 250 people outdoors (where a venue is too small to accommodate these people, then no more than 50% of the venue capacity can be used)
  • Funerals are restricted to 100 people and  after-funeral gatherings remain prohibited.

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