The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for Covid-19 regulations to be scrapped.
The party said these should be scrapped on the basis that they are doing more harm than good by restricting South Africa’s social and economic recovery.
23 March 2022 will mark two years since South Africa entered a three-week lockdown to prepare for the Covid-19 epidemic.
The DA says since then hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs, thousands of livelihoods have been destroyed, millions of school and university days have been missed, and billions of rands have been lost to tax revenue, which could have gone to poverty relief.
DA leader, John Steenhuise said it is time to treat Covid-19 the same way as other health risks, such as HIV, TB, cancer, and maternal mortality are treated.
“Like other countries, we need to licence cheap and quick rapid tests for home use so that people can judge for themselves if they pose a risk to the vulnerable. It makes no sense to limit these to medical supervision.
“Like other countries, masks should only be mandated in high-risk contexts, such as oncology wards.”John Steenhuisen
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