Health minister Zweli Mkhize cast uncertainty over the government’s plans for easing the lockdown on June 1 in tabling a presentation to parliament that indicates Covid-19 hotspots could remain on level 4 as the rest of the country moves to level 3.

The government defines Hotspots as high-risk regions with more than five cases of Covid-19 per 100 000 population. They include some of the biggest economic hubs, such as the metros of Johannesburg and Cape Town...

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