The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says relaxing some of the restrictions of alert level four lockdown at this stage would not be a good idea as the numbers of COVID-19 infections keep rising.

The country recorded 21 610 new coronavirus infections in the past 24-hour cycle, taking the total number of cases to 2 179 297.

A further 265 more people have succumbed to COVID-19 related complications.

This puts the national death toll at 65 138.

The National Coronavirus Command Council meets on Sunday to assess developments in the pandemic in the country and the national response.

Acting executive director of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases Professor Adrian Puren says pharmaceutical interventions still need to be heightened.

Professor Adrian Puren updates on the state of South Africa’s fight against COVID-19:

“Given the numbers the trajectories I think it would be a difficult decision to say to have some modified and lessened level 4 or even moving to level 3. I think the key is still ensuring implementation of none pharmaceutical interventions still remain and need to be heightened. The physical distancing.”

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