Gauteng Pleads for Hard Lockdown

"Nobody goes to work and no-one moves," Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku told the newspaper.

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The Gauteng government wants to reintroduce a hard lockdown in the province to curb the rapid spread of COVID-19.

This is an attempt to curb soaring COVID-19 numbers in the province.

The Sunday Times reported that if the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) approves the request, it could see Gauteng being shut down for up to two weeks at a time.

“Nobody goes to work and no-one moves,” Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku told the newspaper.

“Then the economy opens up again for a particular period of time and then it closes again. So at least there is predictability and you can control infections in that way.”

During the period of the proposed lockdown, the movement would be restricted, and weddings, protests and church gatherings banned. The number of people who attend funerals would be cut from 50 to 20.

Alcohol sales for off-site consumption would be allowed only once a week.

For more read: Gauteng Covid-19 SOS: province pleads for hard lockdown regulations to curb surge

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