South Africa’s move to level 1 lockdown may be fast approaching as the country has not seen any major upsurge in Covid-19 cases since downgrading to level 2 lockdown.
In an interview on Radio Islam on Wednesday (9 September), Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize said the past two weeks have been very encouraging with no upsurge.
“…which we hope (will remain the case) if we go to the next level lower,” he said.
Mkhize revealed that the government has been engaged in discussions around a further opening up of the economy.
However, there is no clear date as to when this may actually happen.
“The president will come out in the next few days and give us a sense of direction, but we will be preparing for people to start easing to the next level. When that has been announced we will, of course, move onto that level, but it has not been decided yet.”
Level 1 lockdown may see restrictions on the following economic sectors being lifted:
- International passenger air travel for leisure purposes;
- Passenger ships for international leisure purposes;
- Attendance of any sporting event by spectators;
- International sports events;
- Night clubs;
- Reopening of borders