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    Could SA shut-down inter-provincial travel again?

    Although the numbers seem relatively manageable at the moment, some experts believe South Africa will be hit by a second wave of COVID-19 – as seen across Europe and Asia. As summer looms over the horizon, many holidaymakers will already be planning their next big road trip – but could this be curtailed by the shut-down of inter-provincial travel?

    Professor Salim Abdool Karim, the leading epidemiologist in South Africa, has been assessing the chances of a second wave hitting the country. He says that a surge in the virus is inevitable if certain behaviours don’t change. It’s possible that COVID-19 may come back with a vengeance in the next few months, which could force Cabinet into some tough decisions.

    One of those on the table, according to the professor, is reviewing the scope of inter-provincial travel. Although he wouldn’t commit to a firm position on the matter, Karim did suggest that it would be a matter up for ‘robust discussion’.

    Inter-provincial travel only allowed from Level 2 of lockdown onwards. President Ramaphosa has previously stated that South Africa could move down the Alert Phase chart, should COVID-19 regroup, and replicate the infection numbers seen during July. Should we return to Level 3, the rules state that crossing into another province is strictly off-limits.

    However, Karim’s concerns about domestic restrictions remain hypothetical at the moment. And any decision on provincial travel would likely have a significant impact on international travel too.

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