BREAKING: SA MOVES TO ADJUSTED LEVEL 2 RESTRICTIONS
President Ramaphosa addressed the nation tonight on the government’s response to Covid-19. The president said that over 57% of people over the age 60 have been vaccinated, but he said that all must be vaccinated.
He said that the majority of people lining up for the vaccines are women as men are still the most hesitant. According to him, there is overwhelming evidence that vaccines are safe and provide strong protection.
There are now more than 3 000 public and private vaccination sites around the country which are all for free. Ramaphosa stressed that the vaccination programme is open to anyone in the country regardless of their citizenship.
“The sooner we are all vaccinated, the sooner we can open sporting events to spectators and open the country to tourism. When we are vaccinated we can return to meeting with our friends and restore all critical health interventions and relieve the strain on our health workers. It is up to each and everyone of us to convince our friends, family and coworkers that vaccines are safe and could save lives.”
The average number of infections has dropped to 29% lower than the preceding seven days and 48% lower than the seven days before that. There is now a marked decline across all provinces. Northern Cape and Free State stands out where their number of daily infections have remained relatively the same.
The ministerial advisory committee on covid-19 have recommended the easing of regulations. The recommendations have been discussed in the command council and with the leaders of political parties as well as traditional leaders and ministers.
New adjusted regulations:
- Curfew 23:00 – 04:00
- “Non-Essential” establishments need to close by 22:00
- All gatherings limited to 250 people indoors
- All gatherings limited to 500 people outdoors
- Sale of alcohol from retail outlets allowed from 10:00 to 18:00 Monday to Friday
- Sale of alcohol for onsite consumption permitted up to 22:00
- Consumption of alcohol in public spaces still not permitted
- It is a criminal offense not to wear a mask
- Funerals remain restricted to 50 people
- Night vigils and after-tears parties are not allowed
RAMAPHOSA SAID THAT THEY WILL BE ADVISING ON THE INTRODUCTION OF VACCINE PASSPORTS SUCH AS IN OTHER COUNTRIES. THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IS LOOKING AT WHETHER THIS WILL BE ELECTRONIC OR BY SOME OTHER MEANS.
Ramaphosa further said that it must be emphasized that the “Third Wave” is still with us and the most urgent task is to vaccinate the population before December so as to limit the effect of the Fourth Wave.