Gauteng told to relax lockdown

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JOHANNESBURG – Professor Bruce Mellado from Wits University says Gauteng can gradually relax lockdown as the province has successfully controlled the first COVID-19 surge.

The Gauteng Provincial Command Council briefed the media on the province’s response to COVID-19.

“The province given the success of controlling the first surge and the hotspots, we are in the position to relax the lockdown,” Mellado said.

“Clearly there are different scenarios, the relaxation of the lockdown is a complex matter and from the mathematical standpoint and also based on experience from other countries, it is very clear whatever happens, and whatever configuration of that relaxation takes place, maybe performed gradually and phased away, overconfidence, unfortunately, doesn’t pay off.”

Gauteng Provincial Command Council also warns that the worst is not over yet, and calls for more vigilance.

The province may be seeing a decline in COVID-19 infections.

However, Gauteng Premier David Makhura says there’s still a long way ahead.

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