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[LISTEN] Why WC Premier Alan Winde wants the province moved to Level 3

14 May 2020 1:19 PM

Despite being the province with the highest number of Covid-19 infections, Alan Winde wants it moved down to lockdown level 3.

The Western Cape is home to more than 55% of confirmed Covid-19 infections but despite this, Premier Alan Winde wants the entire province moved from the current level 4 to a level 3 lockdown. Why?

He explains his reasons to Clement Mantathela on the Midday Report (click below for the full interview).

Level 5 was to make sure we had the health response in place and then you can start to ease [restrictions].

Alan Winde, Premier - Western Cape

I'm watching the health response now materialising...our extra beds PPE stocks, our staffing...the balance of the other side of a lockdown level 5 is obviously you've got to crush your economy while creating your health response, as well as your humanitarian disaster.

Alan Winde, Premier - Western Cape

I believe we've come up with a plan...we've shown it to Health Minister Mhkize...

Alan Winde, Premier - Western Cape

We've been totally open and transparent about the numbers, we know in June we're going to have 80 000 asymptomatic infections

Alan Winde, Premier - Western Cape

You're not going to stop the virus so you have to create a balance.

Alan Winde, Premier - Western Cape

Winde is currently in self-quarantine after coming into contact with eNCA cameraman Lungile Tom, who died from Covid-19 on Wednesday morning.

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Listen to the full conversation below:




14 May 2020 1:19 PM

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