Winde calls on Ramaphosa to relax lockdown regulations to level 2

The province has passed the peak of the third wave with infections, hospitalisations and deaths dropping consistently.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde attended the launch of the drive-through vaccination site at the Athlone Stadium on 2 September 2021. Picture: @alanwinde/Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - Premier Alan Winde said the Western Cape was ready to relax lockdown regulations.

The province has passed the peak of the third wave with infections, hospitalisations and deaths dropping consistently.

On Thursday, Winde was at the opening of a drive-through facility at Athlone stadium's mass vaccination site.

He called on the president to drop regulations to alert level 2, because data shows the peak of the third wave has passed.

“We’ve got a system that shows black or red, if it is red then it shows that the [cases] are going up and if it’s black, then it’s going down. Every single municipality and every sub-region of the city are all black except for two and they are very small numbers.”

He said restrictions were put place for a reason to protect the health system and now that active case numbers and hospital admissions have dropped, regulations should ease.

“Now the health system is showing they don’t need help anymore and now we can definitely open up.”

There are over 32,000 active cases in the province and more than 2 million residents have been vaccinated.

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