Businesses Relieved As South Africa Remains On Level 1

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Despite some of its provinces officially entering a fourth wave of Covid-19 infections, South Africa will remain on lockdown alert level 1.


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Despite some of its provinces officially entering a fourth wave of Covid-19 infections, South Africa will remain on lockdown alert level 1. 

On Thursday it was revealed that South Africa will remain on lockdown alert level 1. The decision was taken by the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) despite the country entering the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections. 

Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla has appealed to South Africans to comply with Covid-19 health and safety protocols this upcoming festive season. 

He said, “We call upon all travellers, especially those who are unvaccinated or partly vaccinated coming from areas declared hotspots, to get vaccinated before hitting the roads, to protect their families and friends they will be visiting during this period associated with large social gatherings like parties and weddings, which can be ‘super spreader’ events that carry a huge risk of transmission of the virus”

The announcement that the lockdown level will not change has been welcomed by many industries. This comes after fears that an increase in the lockdown level would hamper the recovery efforts of businesses around South Africa. 

Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) has welcomed the announcement. Busa’s Cas Coovadia says that a higher level of lockdown which could see restrictions placed on any part of the economy would be disastrous and would not have a positive impact on managing the virus. 

He says BUSA believes that restrictions on part of the economy will not help in the fight against Covid-19. He says it is up to people being responsible and taking up vaccination are the methods that can be used to combat the negative impact of the virus. 

“We have asked [the] government if they get advice and they are considering changing their stance, to please speak to us beforehand. Give us the data so we can plan things together instead of us just seeing it on TV” concluded Coovadia. 

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