Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
3 Nov 2020
4:59 am

Another hard lockdown ‘unnecessary’, says public health experts

Sipho Mabena

Dr Atiya Mosam, a public health medicine specialist, believes SA will not return to a hard lockdown soon but said people’s behaviour has been a real cause for concern.

Lenasia South Hospital being renovated in Johannesburg during MEC Bandile Masuku and Minister Zweli Mkhize visited Nasrec as part of monitoring state of readiness as COVID-19 cases increase in Gauteng and to support staff working during pandemic, 20 July 2020. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Though public health experts have bemoaned the overall disregard for Covid-19 control measures, they are also against a return to hard lockdown, saying this would not only be bad for the struggling economy, but was also unnecessary. Widespread complacency has been the biggest concern of the move to Covid-19 lockdown Level 1, with police having to clamp down on noncompliant clubs that have emerged as super-spreaders. With President Cyril Ramaphosa expected to address the nation this week amid fears of government reinstating stricter measures to curb the spread of Covid-19, trade union Solidarity has threatened to take government to court...