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This is how our district based lockdown will work

During an interview with eNCA, Mkhize said the government has tracked the rate of infection on a per-population basis, with a number of metropolitan areas highlighted as areas of concern.

Mkhize said that these are largely the areas with high economic activity.

The areas mentioned by Mkhize include

  • Johannesburg
  • Tshwane
  • Ekurhuleni
  • Cape Town
  • The Garden Route
  • Nelson Mandela bay
  • Durban (eThekwini)
  • KwaDukuza
  • Mangaung (Bloemfontein)

 

The government plans to monitor all of the above areas and cannot allow the relaxation of restrictions in these areas, said Mkhize.

“We will need to bring in a new strategy wherein each of the districts or metros are sub-divided into clusters of wards where we will station a multi-disciplinary team of experts”

Mkhize also added that each district will be awarded an individual lockdown level. This level will be based on the reported number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents. These levels will then be reviewed by the government every two weeks.

 

This new district approach by the government has been met with resistance.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura, said in a media briefing on Thursday, “In Gauteng you can’t have Level 3 in Ekurhuleni and Level1 in Johannesburg and Level 2 in Tshwane. We are an integrated city region. People move, they work and live in these spaces simultaneously.”

 

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said, “The Western Cape will use the process of consultation announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa to make clear our position that the entire province must move down to Level 3 as soon as possible.”

 

“We need the public to help us to continue to fight the pandemic. To fight this outbreak we need everyone to co-operate and create conditions to reduce the spread of the virus. Our main focus is we have lives to save,” the minister said.

Source: Businesstech

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