South Africa has been under advanced lockdown level 3 for almost 2 months now. Many South Africans have accepted this fate as the president was kind enough to amend the regulations on the 1st of February by unbanning the sales of alcohol and moving the curfew to a later time. This gave many South African a certain feeling of freedom and they forgot that there are still many restrictions hindering normal day living for many South Africans.
The country as a whole has accepted the current lockdown level but that should not be the case. There are a few reasons why the government should have moved South Africa to lower levels of the lockdown at this time of the month. Some of these reasons are part of the rules that have been put in place by the government and the NCCC but they are not being followed. This article will give you these reasons that make us believe South Africa should already be on lockdown level 1.
When Cyril Ramaphosa decided to announce the move to lockdown level 3 and the immediate ban of alcohol sales, the country had already entered its second wave of infections. At this time, Cases were recorded at more than 10000 new infections in every 24hour cycle. One can see in the picture above that on the 26th of December, South Africa recorded about 11 000 cases. This was 2 days before the movement to level 3.
The picture above shows the statistics that came out in recent days, one can see that the cases have reduced drastically. Almost every day, South Africa records new cases of less than 2000. This shows that the country has moved out of the rough part of the second wave.
Around the time the country's leaders decided to move the country to level 1 of the lockdown, the number of active cases in the country was around the same one as we have now. the president did admit during his last address that cases have dropped drastically. The graph of active cases below shows that the country has the same cases it had when it was under level one of the lockdown.
The final nail in the coffin is the table that the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) released in mid-2020. This table detailed when the country should move to a higher or lower alert level of the lockdown. The table is the one placed below. It can be remembered that around the 26th of December, hospitals were complaining about overcrowding and cases were reaching around 11 000 each day, this is why the move to level 3 was justified.
Now that the cases are very low and hospitals have reported having less patience in their wards. It is necessary that the government follows its own rules and reduce the alert level of the lockdown to something lover than level 3. The fact that the country has not done it to this point, means that the government is slow to follow their own rules.
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