President Cyril Ramaphosa mentioned on Wednesday night that South Africa had scaled by COVID-19’s “fierce and harmful storm,” as he introduced a transfer to alert stage one.
“With the additional progress we now have made as infections have come down, we at the moment are prepared for a brand new part in our response to the pandemic,” mentioned Ramaphosa.
“It’s time to transfer what is 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 is fairly secure to do.”
After getting recommendation from totally different stakeholders, “cupboard determined this morning that the nation ought to now transfer to stage one.”
The alert stage one takes impact from Sunday midnight, September 20.
“Whilst restrictions have eased… there was a gradual however regular decline in new infections, hospitalisations and deaths… We’ve succeeded in overcoming the worst part of this pandemic,” the president mentioned in his tackle to the nation.
The restoration fee now stands at 89% whereas the common each day variety of infections dropped from a median 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.
“Because of the decline in new infections… We now have enough testing capability to broaden the factors for testing.”
Widespread testing and screening for the virus, in addition to contributing to the event of a vaccine, kind an necessary a part of authorities’s COVID-19 response. pic.twitter.com/aFSxpDdhOt
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