COVID-19: Ebrahim Patel rejects lockdown criticism


    JOHANNESBURG – Some opposition parties have indicated they will ask the courts to end the COVID-19 lockdown.

    Government is being accused of implementing regulations that are not rational.

    Trade and Industry Minister, Ebrahim Patel, says mistakes may have been made but these were quickly corrected.

    “We have used the 52 days to date, really as a toolkit of slowing down the virus during the lockdown and increasingly building up the stocks of hospital supplies.

    As well as equipping hospitals and introducing protocols at the workplace, such as social distancing, hand sanitising and cleaning up the areas”, said Patel.

    The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa stands at 15,515 with 264 deaths.

    The Western Cape has just over 9,000 cases which are almost 60% of the country’s infection.It also has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths at 149, followed by KwaZulu-Natal at 45. Gauteng has recorded 25 deaths.

    Nearly half of the people who tested positive have recovered.

    Mpumalanga and Northern Cape are the only two provinces that haven’t recorded any deaths.

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