The Gauteng provincial government says it may possibly look at "intermittent lockdowns" as the province prepares for a peak in Covid-19 cases.

Masuku was speaking on the sidelines following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with car manufacturer BMW South Africa and the German government.

The multimillion-rand investment will result in over 700 additional bed capacity at identified hospitals across the province.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura was also present during the official signing, done via a virtual set-up, with officials from the German government and BMW linking up from Munich.

Also present was Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, who joined in from KwaZulu-Natal. 

To alleviate cluster outbreaks and the increasing spread, Masuku said the provincial command council was looking into various options and would continue monitoring the changes in the pandemic throughout the coming weeks. 

"The [Covid-19] response is not standard, and it's not rigid. It is dynamic and agile - and it will depend on the circumstances as we view them and as we review them every day. There are number of methods and number of options that we are looking at, and actually discussing and reviewing their outcomes, and what could be the objectives of them.

"It is a possibility to look at what we call intermittent lockdowns, where we open up for a particular period and close for a particular period of time," Masuku said.

Mkhize announced on Sunday that Gauteng would emerge with the highest number of cases in the coming days, overtaking the Western Cape, which currently has over 60 000 cases.

On Sunday, Gauteng had a total of 36 895 cases, according to Mkhize.  

The minister said factors contributing to the rise in cases were due to the move from Level 4 to 3, inward migration, the large population, especially in metros like Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane, as well as increased congregating, which had led to cluster outbreaks.

MEC Masuku said the expected rise in infections meant that regulations should be re-enforced, particularly on physical distancing and hygiene in communities, which is something the provincial government was already doing. 

He said, as the pandemic evolves, the department will continue adapting its response.

 

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