Level 2 lockdown announced
This week saw the announcement of South Africa moving into Lockdown Level 2, with great anticipation from the economic sector, small enterprises such as gyms, hairdressers and beauty salons, amongst many others as well as with much relief from smokers and those enjoying a glass or two of wine after a long workday. The Level 2 Regulations focus on the movement of persons, gatherings, prohibition of initiation practices, controlled visits by members of the public, closure of borders, public transport, the sale and dispensing/transportation of liquor and the operation of economic sector.
According to the statistics, the number of new confirmed cases in South Africa continues to decline. At the peak of the disease a month ago, we were recording around 12 000 new cases a day. This has dropped to an average of around 5 000 a day over the past week and our recovery rate stands at 80 percent.
As the COVID-19 curve flattens in some areas of the country, other areas are climbing at a phenomenal rate. We are grateful for the Level 2 Regulations announcement but are concerned about the complacency of the public with the now legal selling of tobacco and alcohol adding to the already over-stretched first responder and medical fraternities. However, smoking and alcohol and its effects have been with us for so many years that the few months without (legally) just allowed for a breather.
Don’t become part of the problem but rather assist in your community to lessen the effect of alcohol abuse on domestic violence, accidents and suicides. It starts with you.
COVID-19 Resources page
The FRI COVID-19 Resources page is updated regularly for the benefit of our readers, providing you with all relevant information available on a single platform, saving you the time of searching for documents and links.
New in the folder this week:
President’s speech Level 2 lockdown, 16 August 2020
CoGTA Level 2 lockdown Regulations 43620, 17 August 2020
Dept of Health Criteria that will guide the determination of alert levels, 7 August 2020
Dept of Health Amended Health Directions, 7 August 2020
Public notice on hand washing for business operators, employers and the public, 10 July 2020
Dept of Health Practical Manual for implementation of the National IPC Strategic Framework, March 2020
Dept of Health National Infection Prevention and Control Strategic Framework, March 2020
Quote of the week
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” ~ Aristotle
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