Health minister says it is safe to move to Level 1



Health minister Zweli Mkhize has suggested that the restrictions on lockdown should be reduced.

Mkhize on Monday said the country’s Covid-19 data showed that it was safe to move to Level 1.

He explained that SA’s daily infection rate had reduced to about 2,000.

“We never actually knew what to expect and the reality is that we can now safely say we are over the surge.”

“We are not over the worst yet. We are worried about what may happen in terms of a resurgence in the country,” said Mkhize.

He said there was no spike in the number of cases when the country moved from level 3 to level 2 which showed that there were improvements already.

“The sooner we can get to level 1 the better, the sooner we have a normal economy the better, it is better for the country.”

“We are hoping South Africans will understand that to get there, we have to make sure we are just as cautious in level 2 so that there is no resurgence.”

Mkhize however cautioned that it is too early to celebrate.

“We have seen other countries that celebrated a reduction of numbers, went to a point where they had zero patients testing positive, and then suddenly it flared up again.”

He urged all South Africans to take healthy safety precautions seriously.

“We must keep our precautions and all containment measures must stay in place”.

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