Coronavirus— South Africa Begins Easing Lockdown

  • 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.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

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.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a gradual “easing” of the containment rules, which have been in place since March 27, with the aim of curbing the spread of the new coronavirus. “While a nationwide lockdown is probably the most effective means to contain the spread of the virus, it cannot be sustained indefinitely,” Ramaphosa said.
Coronaviruses are species of virus belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae, in the order Nidovirales. There are seven known strains of human coronaviruses, including COVID-19.
He added that “clear evidence” showed the restrictions had been working. “Our people need to eat, they need to earn a living. Companies need to produce and trade,” he said. While South Africans are still encouraged to remain home, some businesses will be able to resume operations “under specific conditions,” and in a “phased manner,” as of next month. Borders are to stay shut and travel between provinces remains forbidden,” said Ramaphosa on April 22.

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.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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