Mkhize: Low-risk areas could move to lower levels soon

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says there's an increasing demand for more hospital beds, due to rising COVID-19 infections. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says it is possible that areas with lower COVID-19 infection levels could be moved to Level 2 or 1 soon.

To date, more than 58,000 people have contracted the coronavirus and over 33,000 of them have recovered.

"I think we can get to Level 2 in a matter of a week or two weeks.

"It is a matter of adjusting. As we adjust further, it will be possible to get to those levels," Mkhize said.

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"I do think that areas that are able to do that, are areas which are called the low transmission areas.

"These low transmission areas are areas where the number of positive people is low," he said.

Mkhize said government may have to consider banning the sale of alcohol again.

He said records show that the banning brought relief to the health system.

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"We have to consult provinces, governments and various stakeholders so this doesn't become a very simple matter.

"However, there may well even arise a situation where we might feel the numbers of beds are compromised by the fact that there is too much of trauma.

"The records that we have, show that there has been a lot of relief when the alcohol was not being easily available."

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