- During the presser, NDZ reiterated that the use of masks will be mandatory whenever the population intends to leave home.
- "While a nationwide lockdown is probably the most effective means to contain the spread of the virus, it cannot be sustained indefinitely," Ramaphosa said.
- With 5,350 cases, South Africa is the country with the most infections registered on the continent.
The South African government has officially begun a gradual lift of the restriction measures against the COVID-19 pandemic today. However, the use of masks, as well as other measures to curb the spread, remain in place. South Africa’s Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, made the announcement last Saturday.
During the presser, NDZ reiterated that the use of masks will be mandatory whenever the population intends to leave home. On his part, the nation’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, Ebrahim Patel, announced that the agricultural sector will be able to resume its activity in full, while restaurants may be open for home deliveries, and mines can partially resume their activities.
Despite the easing of restrictions, NDZ appealed for the population to continue to stay at home. “If you are not an essential worker or do not work in the prioritised sectors continue to stay at home, except when you are buying essential goods or services or for emergency medical services,” Dlamini-Zuma said.
On the occasion, President Ramaphosa also stated that public crowds will continue to be prohibited, with the exception of funerals. However, physical exercise will now be allowed, but strict public health rules would have to be observed. As of today, tobacco sales are also allowed, although the alcohol business remains prohibited. A mandatory curfew also enters into force between 8 PM and 5 AM, and workers considered essential will not be affected by this measure.
According to data from the African Union’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of deaths from covid-19 in Africa is over 1,600, with more than 37,000 cases of the disease recorded on the continent. With 5,350 cases, South Africa is the country with the most infections registered on the continent, a figure that includes 103 deaths and 2,073 recoveries.
With the first case of covid-19 made official in Comoros, the Kingdom of Lesotho, and the Sahrawi Republic are the only member states of the African Union that have so far not officially recorded any cases of the new coronavirus pandemic.