President Cyril Ramaphosa mentioned on Wednesday night that South Africa had scaled by COVID-19’s “fierce and damaging storm,” as he introduced a transfer to alert degree one.
“With the additional progress we now have made as infections have come down, we are actually prepared for a brand new section in our response to the pandemic,” mentioned Ramaphosa.
“It’s time to transfer what’s going to turn into our new regular… it’s now time to take away as most of the remaining restrictions on financial and social acitivy as within reason protected to do.”
After getting recommendation from totally different stakeholders, “cupboard determined this morning that the nation ought to now transfer to degree one.”
The alert degree one takes impact from Sunday midnight, September 20.
“At the same time as restrictions have eased… there was a gradual however regular decline in new infections, hospitalisations and deaths… We’ve got succeeded in overcoming the worst section of this pandemic,” the president mentioned in his deal with to the nation.
The restoration price now stands at 89% whereas the common day by day variety of infections dropped from a mean of 12,000 per day to 2,000 per day.
However the president warned that “by any measure, we’re nonetheless within the midst of a lethal epidemic.”
It was a breakthrough that South Africa didn’t get hit by a second surge in infections.
“We wish to keep away from that,” mentioned Ramaphosa.
“As a result of decline in new infections… We now have adequate testing capability to increase the standards for testing.”
Widespread testing and screening for the virus, in addition to contributing to the event of a vaccine, kind an essential a part of authorities’s COVID-19 response. pic.twitter.com/aFSxpDdhOt
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