What needs to be achieved for the national lockdown to be lifted?


174 days ago

South Africans are going through a 21-day lockdown in an effort to flatten the curve and curb the spread of COVID-19.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 1,686, according to the Department of Health. This is an increase of 31 from the previously reported cases.

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What do South Africans need to do for the lockdown to be lifted?

Eusebius McKaiser facilitates a conversation with National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) Centre for Respiratory Disease and Meningitis co-head professor Cheryl Cohen to shed more light on the lockdown.

I don't know whether the lockdown would be extended and the decision to do so, is a complex one. The rational is clear that the virus spreads by contact between people and the less contact we have between people, the less opportunity for the virus to spread.

Professor Cheryl Cohen, Centre for Respiratory Disease and Meningitis co-head - NICD

She says the other side is that all sorts of social distancing have a negative impact economically and socially.

What we see is the daily increases in infections has been reducing and a lot of that is as a result of the travel ban.

Professor Cheryl Cohen, Centre for Respiratory Disease and Meningitis co-head - NICD

What is important and what is important for people to understand is that at the end of the three weeks, what everyone needs to understand that the virus is unlikely to go away. It is contact between people that leads to the spread. For the foreseeable future, there will need to be some kind of social distancing measures in place.

Professor Cheryl Cohen, Centre for Respiratory Disease and Meningitis co-head - NICD

Listen below to the full conversation:

This article first appeared on 702 : What needs to be achieved for the national lockdown to be lifted?

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