frica Remains on Alert Level 4, Cases Remain High
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa would remain on Alert Level 4 as new daily infections remain dangerously high Many of the existing Level 4 restrictions will remain in place, however, some adjustments have been made to allow restaurants, gyms and livestock and game auctions will be allowed to operate South Africa is recording an average of 20 000 new daily infections which makes it impossible to relax the current measures.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has highlighted recent developments in fight against this deadly virus that keeps on evolving. More that 20 000 daily cases are being recorded in South Africa. Therefore, President Cyril Ramaphosa has decided to keep the country into Level 4 Lockdown. As long as the cases remain extremely high this country will also remain on Alert Level 4. The president announced that despite the recent adjustments to Alert Level 4, the cases continue to rise.
The NCCC has shared new information regarding Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa. The following measures will be in force: All gatherings, indoors and outdoors, are prohibited, including political, cultural and religious events Funerals and cremations may not exceed more than 50 people. This includes night vigils and post-funeral gatherings are prohibited. However, gatherings in places such as parks and beaches are still open— the curfew will be effective between 9pm to 4am. No alcohol will be allowed on sale, this is a strategy to curve the spread of this deadly virus. Schools will be closed until the 26th of July Wearing of face masks is mandatory and it will be a criminal act not to wear one. People should work from home where possible.
Adjustments to the Level 4 measures: Restaurants will be able to operate with strict social distance measures in place.
Such establishments may not accommodate more than 50 people at a time or, for smaller venues, more than 50 per cent of their normal capacity. Certain other venues, such as gyms and fitness centres, may also open and activities such as agricultural livestock and game auctions will be allowed, subject to the conditions outlined in regulations.
South Africa registered 22,910 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 2,135,246. A further 460 Covid-19-related deaths were reported, taking total deaths to 63,499. A total of 4,017,442 people have been vaccinated.
Africa had worst week of pandemic
Africa had its worst week of the coronavirus pandemic, with cases jumping 20% over the past seven days, and the situation is expected to worsen, Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization’s Africa director, said on a conference call.
There are “signs of hope” that the vaccine roll-out on the continent is improving, she said. Still, the highly transmissible Delta variant has spread across the continent and is now dominating in many regions.
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