Government expected to relax restrictions as Covid-19 show downward trend

Caleb Tayi

Speculations are rife that President Cyril Ramaphosa will relax the restrictions tonight after the acting Minister Health Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane admitted that there was a significant drop in infections but warned against people “lowering the guard” against the fight against the pandemic.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation on Sunday, Acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshaveni said on Friday.

Aside from briefing the nation on government interventions to rebuild the economy following the recent looting and rioting, with the Covid-19 infection rate showing a downward trend this week, there is hope that some of the stricter adjusted level 4 lockdown measures will be lifted.

Ramaphosa, had two weeks ago, promised to review the regulations including the ban on the sale of alcohol and attendance of religious services pending the conduct of the people towards the Covid-19 pandemic.

He placed the country under level 4 lockdown on June 27 following the massive surge in infections and admissions including deaths due to the pandemic. Now, the president is expected to meet the National Coronavirus Committee and Cabinet on whether to review his decision or maintain the status quo.

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