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

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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