Government reconsidering restrictions as country eases lockdown
Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the government is considering some restrictions as the country looks at easing lockdown.
After the number of COVID-19 infections have declined, the minister confirmed that the Department of Health has considered easing restrictions in certain areas. Those being will include the evening curfew, the current limitations of religious gatherings, travel restrictions and the sale of alcohol. According to the minister, this is for the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) which will make the final recommendations to the Cabinet.
“Since August 22, we have reported under 3000 cases per day, at the height of the epidemic during the month of July we would report anything between 10 000 and 15 000 cases per day. Supporting this decline is also a demonstrable decline in persons under investigation, general ward admissions, ICU admissions, deaths and excess deaths,” said the minister.
Queen Mbuyazi is one of many who has gladly received the news.
“I work at a restaurant and live far from work, the evening curfew made it hard for me to travel home from work, this forced to make other arrangements. This was not only an inconvenience for me financially but also for the people who opened up their space for me during a pandemic,” she said.
Mkhize however mentioned that whatever decisions made, it is important to emphasise that the risk of spreading and contracting the virus still remains and that non-pharmaceutical inventions remain important as we learn to co-exist with the coronavirus.