KZN likely to move down to level 3 lockdown - Zikalala

KZN likely to move down to level 3 lockdown - Zikalala

KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala says there are strong indications the entire province will move down to level three of the lockdown at the end of this month.  


But he's stressed this requires strict compliance with safety regulations. 

ZIkalala said the province's high-risk regions in terms of the risk and vulnerability analysis must be strongly examined before the end of May. 

"Level three comes with a lot of movement including interprovincial travel, this means that our rural areas where most of our elders live, may start to be exposed to the virus," he added. 

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Speaking at a briefing in Mayville yesterday, Zikalala said he was pleased to see an increasing trend of recoveries in the province.

KZN has screened more than 2.4 million people and tested over 59 000. There are currently 1 543 cases in the province, 45 deaths, and 817 recoveries. 

"Our bed occupancy in ICU is sitting at 1.1 of the available ICU beds. We have managed to prepare more than 6 400 beds for isolation, quarantine, high care, and ICU throughout the province." 

He added that the KZN government will begin inspections on all business sectors in the province, to check their preparedness to move down to level three.  

Zikalala said they have noticed that cluster infections occurred in some workplaces, especially the retail shops, bakeries companies, and health care sectors. 

The recent one - in an eThekwini depot where 39 cases were reported and five have recovered. 

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