Gauteng Health Department is considering intermittent lockdown after rapid rise in COVID-19 cases
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The Gauteng province has logged more than 19,000 new cases at the weekend alone. In a statement released by the Department of Health Gauteng is expected to have the highest case numbers even surpassing the Western Cape which currently has the most COVID-19 cases in the country.
Gauteng Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku said the provincial government had not ruled out the possibility of adjusting the lockdown restrictions to manage the expected spike in the number of cases.
Eyewitness News reported that the Health Department was considering an intermittent lockdown.
“We are looking at what is called an intermittent lockdown, which we have seen in other countries is working quite well, where there will be a period of time where there will be opening, and there will be a period of time where there is a lockdown to contain infections,” Masuku said.
The provincial government said the biggest area of concern was shopping malls and the Johannesburg CBD.
As part of the preparation for the high rise in cases, the government plans to increase COVID-19 hospital beds in this province and we will be supporting the province to ensure that they are capacitated to meet the rising demands.