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Longer lockdown on the cards for the elderly

An elderly man at a Sassa pay-point in Soweto covers his mouth while queuing

A partial lockdown for the elderly until the end of September may be on the cards.

Government’s COVID-19 ministerial advisory committee chairperson, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, says this may be necessary to protect senior citizens.

He was speaking at a public meeting with other health specialists and academics in Durban.

“One of the big issues we gonna have to think about, is how do we protect the elderly, in particular, those above 70. Preferably those above 60 or 65 because mortality is higher in that group, but above 70, we are concerned,” said Karim.

“We need to think about whether it will be possible to have some kind of partial lockdown and it can be voluntary partial lockdown until the end of September…” he added.

Karim said caution needs to be extended to those elders with conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease and they might need protected self-quarantine.

The total number of coronavirus infections in South Africa is 2,272.

Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize also revealed that two more people have died bringing the number of fatalities to 27.

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Source: eNCA