Limpopo is ready for Level 3 lockdown, not the entire province

Premier Stan Mathabatha

Limpopo is ready to move to Lev­el 3 lock­down in June, Pre­mier Stan­ley Math­a­batha announced on Thurs­day.

“We will at the appro­pri­ate time declare which dis­tricts will stay in Lev­el 4, depend­ing upon the rate of con­t­a­m­i­na­tions,” said Math­a­batha.

While the Limpopo COVID19 active rate has topped up to 69 on Thurs­day, how­ev­er, with 3 deaths, Math­a­batha raised wor­ry about Sekhukhune Capri­corn and Water­berg Dis­tricts whose coro­n­avirus pos­i­tives remains the high­est.

Up to now, the num­ber of active cas­es in Sekhukhune stands at 60 with 4 recov­er­ies and 1death, while in the whole province the fig­ure stands at 69 with 48 recu­per­a­tions and 3 pass­ings.

These num­ber of pos­i­tives orig­i­nates from 11125 tests done in the province while screen­ing up to now is at more than 4million.

Limpopo COVID19 Com­mand Coun­cil had whined about coro­n­avirus pos­i­tive cas­es at the mines, cit­ing Sekhukhune which has become the new focal point due to virus rate dou­bled in one week.

Infec­tion detect­ed at Maru­la Plat­inum mine, Fatak­go­mo Tubatse Dwars, and Thabaz­im­bi Anglo mine have prompt­ed the pre­mier to ensure min­ing hous­es com­ply with gazetted lock­down reg­u­la­tions.

To ensure com­pli­ance, Health MEC, Dr. Phophi Ramath­u­ba, Coop­er­a­tive Gov­er­nance, Human Set­tle­ment and Tra­di­tion­al Affairs MEC, Basikopo Maka­mu and Depart­ment of Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment, Envi­ron­ment and Tourism MEC, Thabo Mokone will accom­pa­ny Pre­mier Math­a­batha to do a fact find­ing mis­sion at Mogalak­we­na Plat­inum Mine on Fri­day.

“We still urge our peo­ple to take all pre­cau­tions against COVID-19. Sci­en­tists have warned us that the months of August to Novem­ber may be the tough­est ones in Africa and in par­tic­u­lar South Africa.

That’s why we are plead­ing with all that when gov­ern­ment gives us rules and reg­u­la­tions lets adhere to them,” said Math­a­batha.

Math­a­batha added than on May 25, Africa Day, Limpopo will appre­ci­ate COVID-19 vol­un­teers, health work­ers, secu­ri­ty clus­ters, police, South African Nation­al Defence Force, emer­gency media peo­ple and oth­er crit­i­cal work­ers.

“We have sent mes­sages of appre­ci­a­tion.  We will soon com­mu­ni­cate detailed pro­gram on what will hap­pen on that day,” said Math­a­batha.

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