Reports have surfaced that President Cyril Ramaphosa is likely to extend the current level 4 lockdown regulations. Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation tonight as the deadline for the current regulations is Sunday.

The National Coronavirus Command Council announced on Friday that it will be meeting to review the current regulations that were placed to curb the spread of COVID-19 as the country battles the Delta Variant that is ravaging Gauteng and other provinces.

‘SA LIKELY TO REMAIN ON LEVEL 4 ‘

Chair of Social Security Systems Administration and Management Studies at Wits University Professor Alex van den Heever told The South African on Friday, that the Level 4 restrictions would most likely be extended as the levels of transmission remain high. 

“The Level 4 restrictions will be extended as the levels of transmission remain high, even though Gauteng may have peaked. Other provinces are also still on the rise,” he said. 

Nearly two weeks ago, Ramaphosa said that after deliberations with the Ministerial Advisory Committee and further consultation with provinces and metros and traditional leaders, and on the recommendation of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), Cabinet decided that the country should move to Adjusted Alert Level 4.

Regarding a possible extension, Ramaphosa said; “We will assess the impact of these interventions after 14 days to determine whether they need to be maintained or adjusted.”

City Press reported that Cabinet decided two weeks ago that Ramaphosa would announce level 4 Covid-19 restrictions for 21 days. However, to manage concerns from the business community, he opted for two weeks, with the intention of reviewing the lockdown thereafter.

 TimesLIVE also reported that there seems to be an attempt to ‘review’ restrictions now. However, this is likely to be a mechanical exercise as all indications are that the status quo will remain, with room remaining open for additional restrictions as COVID-19 infection numbers are still escalating.

You can read more about the latest COVID-19 stats in South Africa here.

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Presh JM Reporter

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