NCCC and Ramaphosa to discuss hard lockdown for South Africa

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President Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo: GCIS / Flickr

Yesterday (Wednesday, 23 June), Gauteng recorded 10,806 new Covid-19 cases, the highest number of new daily cases ever in the province. Ramaphosa said earlier this week that current indications are that government will have to increase the measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, and particularly in Gauteng.

The South African Medical Association, the Gauteng Provincial Government, medical professionals, the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19 and even the CEO of Netcare, Richard Friedland are all calling for a harder lockdown.

Speaking to The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield, Friedland said hospitals are already struggling to cope with the third wave of the pandemic and that the numbers of Covid-19 patients “are overwhelming facilities at the moment.”

“I’m afraid that these numbers are demonstrating that [without] a Level 5 lockdown in Gauteng, we may not see the end of this surge for some time,” Friedland told Whitfield.

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Friedland also thinks schools need to be closed, “Schools are transmitters of the virus. Yes, children themselves may not be that badly impacted by the illness, but they pass it on to parents, caregivers and grandparents and we think that’s problematic.” 

South Africans should have an answer soon as President Cyril Ramaphosa will meet with the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) today (Thursday, 24 June) to discuss the possibility of introducing a harder lockdown.

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