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Gauteng ready to relax COVID-19 lockdown regulations

Gauteng's infection rate has started decreasing consistently since its peak in June and mid-July.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: @GautengProvince/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG – The Gauteng COVID-19 advisory council says the province is ready to start relaxing lockdown regulations.

Premier David Makhura and his team are giving feedback on the provincial weekly meeting.

Gauteng's infection rate has started decreasing consistently since its peak in June and mid-July.

Gauteng premier David Makhura’s advisory committee is manning Thursday’s briefing on the progress made on curbing COVID-19 infections in the province

Professor Bruce Mellado said the province appears to be ready to relax lockdown regulations.

“The relaxation of the lockdown is a complex matter and from the mathematical stand point, also based on experience from other countries, it’s very clear that whatever relaxation takes place; whatever consideration of that relaxation takes place; that it be performed gradually and in phases.”

But he said the province is not out of the woods just yet.

“Despite the success, we have to be cognisant of the fact that this drop is not the result of the pandemic having reached its peak.”

Mellado said the province has done well in handling the first serge of COVID-19 infections.

The province currently has 2,653 COVID-19 deaths and over 194,000 infections.

At the same time, in the latest COVID-19 report by the Health Ministry, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal recorded the most coronavirus-related fatalities in the last 24-hour cycle.

Seventy-four people died in KZN, while 108 died in Gauteng.

The country has been on lockdown level three for more than two months now and there are growing calls for the President to ease regulations further.

If the country as a whole, or individual provinces, scale down to stage two the focus will be mainly on opening more sectors of the economy to protect thousands of jobs.

Going to the gym, attending a sports match, or even a concert have been off-limits for the past five months.

WATCH: Gauteng provincial command council gives an update

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