Buffalo City, which the government has identified as a Covid-19 hotspot area, could be returned to lockdown alert level 4 if infection rates continue to rise.
Health minister Zweli Mkhize, who briefed the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday, reiterated President Cyril Ramaphosa’s warning on Sunday that although all provinces will shift to level 3 on June 1, areas and districts which are still registering high levels of infections will then be reviewed.
This would happen every two weeks to determine if they should move to different levels.
So far, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela Bay, Buffalo City and eThekwini have been identified as hotspots.
At the time of writing, there had been 794 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Buffalo City with eight deaths. Nelson Mandela Bay had 972 cases with 21 deaths.