The entire country will move to level 3 from the restriction from June 1.
An incorrect and outdated slide has slipped into his online presentation to the National Council of Provinces which has shown certain parts of the country will remain at level 4, Dr. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize acknowledged on Wednesday. It is not the case that some parts will remain at level 4 for now.
The minister said in a statement that the whole country will, as President said. Cyril Ramaphosa announced, moving from Monday to level 3. However, it may be that certain areas can be relocated to levels 4 or 5 if the situation in a particular area deteriorates and the pandemic spreads rapidly.
He also pointed out that the government has taken precautions to identify areas called Covid-19 hotspots. These are areas where more than five people per 100,000 of the population are infected with the coronavirus or infections are rapidly increasing.
The areas identified as hot spots include the subways of Johannesburg, Tshwane, Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay, Buffalo City and eThekwini. The government immediately deployed specialists and experts to these areas to put in place measures to stop the pandemic.
In areas such as these, there is also a sharpened effort to identify and detect people who were in the vicinity of people tested positive for the virus. Quarantine is also used to ensure that those tested positive.
Mkhize says in some of the Covid 19 hotspots there were also so-called bundle outbreaks of the virus. This includes places such as factories, grocery stores and farms where many people are together at a time.
The danger, then, is that those who have contracted the virus in such circumstances will spread it further when they leave home and can lead to community outbreaks.
“This is why we emphasize the importance that when someone is tested positive, he or she must quarantine immediately. This reduces the likelihood of other people being lit, ”says Mkhize.
Although the entire country will be in block 3 but the pandemic cannot be stopped, the government will make a decision to return a specific area (metropolitan, sub-district or neighborhood) to level, for example. 4 or even 5.
Therefore, it is important for South Africans to ensure that they maintain a distance of more than 1 m from one another, wash their hands regularly and ensure that surfaces are regularly disinfected. This is also why wearing face masks is mandatory.
It is a new culture that South Africans have to learn for their own safety and that of others, says Mkhize.