Experts calls for immediate level 5 hard lockdown for Gauteng, MAC and SAMA disagree

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Level 5 hard lockdown for Gauteng called for

The government is considering a move to a higher lockdown level in South Africa, with some experts calling for a hard lockdown in Gauteng.

Business Day reported that Gauteng’s provincial command council is meeting today to discuss the possibility of recommending severe restrictions.

The proposed restrictions will be similar to what was imposed when the country was under level 4 and 5 lockdowns last year.

A national inter-ministerial committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday to consider the government’s response to the pandemic.
 
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So it will be a hard lockdown in Gauteng due to the provincial Department of Health's incompetence. Zero preparation, staff shortages etc. The only person calling for a level 5 lockdown is the multi-millionaire CEO of Netcare.

Edit: It seems the one guy who has influence (sits on the Gauteng covid-19 advisory board) doesn't agree with a hard lockdown.
 

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Unfortunately because we haven't taken proper precautions, haven't got adequate medical facilities and haven't procured / dispensed enough vaccines, hard lockdown is our only option.
 

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It's the equivalent of closing the stable after the horse has bolted. When the hospital burnt they should have started setting up the Covid wards at the Nasrec field hospital. But then what do tax payers know ?
 

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Unfortunately because we haven't taken proper precautions, haven't got adequate medical facilities and haven't procured / dispensed enough vaccines, hard lockdown is our only option.
Feel free to go into hard lockdown yourself.

Many of us can simply not afford it, and many are still just trying to get their lives back financially after last year.
 

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What experts ? The same experts who called for all the previous lockdowns to prepare hospitals and funding ?

What this article actually suggest is that the ANC is in dire need of more emergency covid funding which is codename for "Personal allowance".

If they could not prepare with any of the previous lockdowns then there is not a single expert who can convince me that a renewed hard lock down will be doing any practical good.
 

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Level 5 hard lockdown for Gauteng called for

The government is considering a move to a higher lockdown level in South Africa, with some experts calling for a hard lockdown in Gauteng.

Business Day reported that Gauteng’s provincial command council is meeting today to discuss the possibility of recommending severe restrictions.

The proposed restrictions will be similar to what was imposed when the country was under level 4 and 5 lockdowns last year.

A national inter-ministerial committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday to consider the government’s response to the pandemic.
Professor Bruce Mellado, head of the Gauteng government’s Covid-19 medical advisory committee, said they have not recommended a harder lockdown for the province.
South African Medical Association (SAMA) head, Dr Angelique Coetzee also thinks there is not much value in stricter lockdown rules now.

She told News24 it’s too late to put in restrictions now.

“We should have done this when SAMA started asking three weeks ago. Now we have to go through this – it’s too late now,” Coetzee said.
 

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Unfortunately because we haven't taken proper precautions, haven't got adequate medical facilities and haven't procured / dispensed enough vaccines, hard lockdown is our only option.

So you like to roleplay as an ostrich ? Stick that head deep in the sand yet again and hope the world improves around you.

Hard lockdowns does not do any good. At best if its for a week or two at most and there is actually plans and solutions put in place then maybe it could stem some of the current flare ups however previous hard lockdowns did nothing of this sort and was just used as a money grabbing scam.
 
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