The Democratic Alliance (DA) has backed Western Cape Premier Alan Winde in the call for national government to amend the current restrictions under the adjusted level 3 lockdown and they have three changes in mind.
DA Western Cape Provincial Leader Bonginkosi Madikizela said the latest COVID-19 data confirms that the Western Cape has passed its peak and that active cases in the province are declining. Based on that, national government should now turn to saving the economy and the livelihoods of the people.
WESTERN CAPE AIMS TO HAVE CERTAIN LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS DONE AWAY WITH
Madikizela said the Western Cape, as well as the rest of South Africa, is battling the impact that COVID-19 and the current lockdown regulations have on the economy. Madikizela said the effects of these three restrictions are costing the people in the province jobs and driving the most vulnerable deeper into poverty.
- Closure of beaches and other public spaces;
- The banning of alcohol sales; and
- The debilitating curfew.
According to the DA and Winde, the Western Cape’s healthcare system is well equipped and able to care for all people in need.
“Field hospitals, such as the Hospital of Hope in Mitchell’s Plain, still have several beds available and additional beds could be made available should the need arise. All healthcare facilities in the Western Cape are well supplied of oxygen and necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for medical personnel and all facilities in the province are fully staffed and healthcare workers are equipped to take care of all those in need,” said Madikizela.
“In conjunction with the Premier, we also call upon the national government to consider the scientific evidence and amend the current lockdown regulations. We cannot allow that the regulations, as it stands, continue to cripple our economy and drive our vulnerable communities deeper into destitution,” added Madikizela.
COVID-19 LATEST FIGURES IN THE PROVINCE
As of 13:00 on 25 January, Winde said the Western Cape had 22 398 active COVID-19 infections with a total of 262 931 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 230 634 recoveries.
Winde also reported 2 893 hospitalisations with 510 of those in ICU or high care.
“The Western Cape has recorded 57 additional deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 9 899. We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time,” he said.
On 16 January — roughly 10 days ago — Health Minister Zweli Mkhize reported the Western Cape as having more than 40 000 active cases. So in the last few days, there has been a decline of roughly 20 000 active cases.
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