Western Cape Premier Alan Winde says there are no talks underway, or considerations for the province to go back to level 5 lockdown.

This follows calls from the ANC in the legislature for that to happen, based on the growing infection rate and death toll.

Over the weekend, National Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, Winde, and Health MEC, Nomafrench Mbombo, discussed the rapid increase.

The Western Cape’s cumulative 5,621 confirmed cases and its 106 deaths – both represent more than half the national total.

But Winde says the province is diverse, with regions that have seen no increase for days – and some that haven’t yet recorded a single case.

He said that there are plans for the hotspot areas, and measures are in place especially for the upcoming winter season, when cases are expected to spike.