Some parts of South Africa may move to level 3 lockdown as early as this week.
Health Department’s Director-General Doctor Anban Pillay, made the revelations while speaking on SABC news.
Pillay said government is looking at all health indicators to determine the alert level in each particular district, including- active infections and capacity of localised health systems to cope with the outbreak.
Pillay said areas were Covid-19 infection is high will not be moving to lower levels of alert.
Adding that the number of infections will continue to rise “as long as there is no vaccine.”
A move to level 3 lockdown will see more industries reopening and an easing of some of the strict stay-at-home regulations.
Hotspot areas such as Cape Town, Johannesburg, Ethekwini are likely to remain under level 4 lockdown.
A University of the Western Cape (UWC) virologist however said a district-based lockdown will not contain the spread of the coronavirus in the Western Cape.
Burtram Fielding said imposing different restriction in one province would prove to be a difficult task.
“It’s not really a hard lockdown. How do you restrict certain areas if you have one area in the Western Cape under level four and the other one under level 5, how do you restrict movement of people between those areas?” Fielding said.