Minster Patel says more details will be provided next week. He says Level 4 will only come into effect on May 1 and that it is currently only essential goods that could be exported and imported in Level 5.
On the trade of wine, Level 4 does not include it in any form, says Patel.
Another suggestion for Level 4 is that goods imported from other parts of the world through our ports to neighboring countries may be transported to such countries. Currently, this cannot be done.
The Minister says he sees many questions today about wine, cigarettes, and gambling, he says mockingly. According to the Minister, lottery tickets are not essential items. We don’t allow it. We have requested National Lotteries to put it in writing.
Dlamini-Zuma says liquor sales are not allowed at level 4,
Anban Pillay, director general of health, says 5% or 6% of patients worldwide are seriously ill. It is much less in SA. Currently it is under 3% locally. “We expect that we will be able to treat this in emergency units, as well as for those who will need respirators.”
Mthembu says the virus does not look at people’s race or class. Our responsibility as a government is that all our people are safe. That is why we have put the measures in place. Our responsibility is therefore to all our people.
See the minister address South Africans below: