- These are the new updated lockdown rules for South Africa
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has published a new directive which provides further clarity around the country’s coronavirus lockdown and how alert levels are calculated.
The alert levels determine the level of restrictions to be applied during the national state of disaster. The levels are as follows:
Alert Level 1 – indicates a low Covid-19 spread with a high health system readiness;
Alert Level 2 – indicates a moderate Covid-19 spread with a high health system readiness;
Alert Level 3 – indicates a moderate Covid-19 spread with a moderate health system readiness;
Alert Level 4 – indicates a moderate to a high Covid-19 spread with a low to moderate health system readiness;
Alert Level 5 – indicates a high Covid-19 spread with a low health system readiness.
The directive indicates that the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) must advise the minister of Health regarding which alert level should be declared nationally, provincially, in a metropolitan area, or a district, when taking into account:
The epidemiological trends of Covid-19 infections;
The health system capacity in a specified area to respond to the disease burden;
Any other factor that would influence the level of infection, hospitalisation and mortality.
‘Epidemiological trends’ includes a consideration of the trends in the number of tests done, number of persons screened, number of positive cases, number of recoveries and the demographic profile of the positive cases.