SA lockdown: Cele not ruling out extension

According to eNCA, Police Minister Bheki Cele has not ruled out extending the lockdown.

Cele said the government’s priority is to ensure people are safe.

“Remember we started with restriction, then we went to the lockdown. People are asking can we go beyond the lockdown and we are saying anything is possible,” said Cele.

Cele stated that the next step will be determined soon.

“We would wish to go back to the normal life as soon as we can but we wish to go back there with the people alive.”

At the time of publishing, the number of South Africans to have died of COVID-19 now stands at 13. Confirmed cases have also risen to 1 749. Gauteng has the most cases in South Africa, with 713 confirmed infections.

Boston Consulting Group report circulating without ‘context’

A report by Boston Consulting Group (BCG), unofficially released over the weekend, said new infections in South Africa will only peak “at the beginning of June” – heightening fears that lockdown would be extended for a month or more.

The report suggested that restrictions will only be lifted somewhere between the end of June and the end of August, due to this.

However, BCG has since stated that the report was a “working document” illustrating just “one scenario” – and that it has been “circulating publicly without context or authorisation from BCG”. The document is meant merely as a planning tool and does not “constitute or substitute for medical or safety advice”, nor is it “a formal endorsement of or recommendation for a particular response”.

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