The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) is expected to meet on Sunday 25 July, the incumbent minister in the presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni announced on Wednesday. President Cyril Ramaphosa, who not so long ago extended the adjusted Level 4 lockdown for another two weeks, will have to make another announcement later this week whether the lockdown will continue or be downgraded, perhaps back to Level 3.
LEVEL 4: TO MEET NCCC, BUT NTSHAVHENI SAYS THAT SHE WANT NOT TO REQUIRE ANYTHING
While speculation about continuing the custom lockdown to Level 4 mounts, Ntshavheni remained pretty closed off about the situation. Her statement that the NCCC would meet on Sunday seemed to be her goal.
She said she did not want to pre-empt any of the NCCC’s decisions. She also said that she would not speak out on the sale of alcohol, and as we know it has been banned under the adjusted level 4 lockdown.
“The NCCC will meet us this Sunday to think about whether we… what interventions we need to do and whether we are opening this up and not. I do not want to pre-empt the decision of the NCCC regarding the discussions and reports presented by NATJOINTS and the Ministry of Health and the other parties that are part of the work of the NCCC, “she said.
“I will not comment or give an opinion on the sale of alcohol,” she added.
NTSHAVHENI MUM ON RETURN OF THE SPECIAL COVID-19 Grant
As for one Basic income subsidy would go, Ntshavheni said that talks about it had not just started now. She said they were always on the go. Regarding the return of the SRD grant on which so many South Africans were dependent, under various lockdown levels, including Level 4, she said again that she did not want to pre-empt the NCCC.
“Whether the Cabinet is discussing the Reintroduction of the special COVID-19 emergency money or basic income. The discussion about the basic income subsidy has not yet started; it has always been ongoing. The government is discussing possible measures to support communities, households and businesses that are not only affected by the unrest but also by the effects of COVID-19, “she said.
” Whether the social assistance subsidy will come back, I do not want to dare and anticipate the decision of the cabinet on the proposals that are on the table either from the social partners or from ourselves as a government. We have to allow the cabinet to make the decision and get the president to react or report on these decisions, ”she added.
WILL THE ADJUSTED LOCKING FROM LEVEL 4 AGAIN?
As by The South African , Head. reports from the DPHSR Dr. Michelle Groome, is not convinced that South Africa has reached the peak of the third wave. Groome also said the tests were limited in certain areas, which means the current numbers may not be accurate.
Positive tests remained very high in all three provinces – over 35%. “
“The trends for the coming week will be important to confirm whether the peak of the third wave has actually been reached or not. Testing rates have decreased in the past two weeks and although this may be due to a lower need for testing due to fewer infections, access to testing in certain areas has been restricted due to social unrest. ”
So will the level 4 lockdown be extended? We’ll have to wait, guys.