Government officials are currently debating whether or not to raise the level of lockdown in South Africa, according to Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize.
He did say, however, that the government has received a proposal from the religious community to allow for more church attendance over the Easter weekend. “With all the celebrations and events that go along with the Easter long weekend, this is a vulnerable phase when there is the possibility of a mega spreading event,” he said. “So the advisory was for a temporary rise in restrictions during this period of time,” he said.
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He went on to say that the government has to keep in mind that super-spreader activities should be avoided during the Easter holiday, as well as inter-provincial movement, which might spread the virus.
Prof Salim Abdool Karim, an epidemiologist, agreed, saying that if it were up to him, he would put the nation on lockdown level 2 as a precautionary measure. Professor Barry Schoub, chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC), told eNCA that the committee has recommended that stricter lockout controls be implemented –temporarily –during the “critical” Easter season.