Covid-19 Measures Eased as South African Infections Decline

President Cyril Ramaphosa said in an address to the nation that the overall decline in new Covid-19 infections meant it was possible to gradually ease some of the restrictions on gatherings, movement and the sale of alcohol. "Based on the recommendations of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19, and inputs from the President's Coordinating Council, Cabinet... decided that the country should be moved from Adjusted Alert Level 4 and be placed on Adjusted Alert Level 3," Ramaphosa said.

The President also announced a range of measures to support the recovery of the economy and provide relief to the poor and those who were left vulnerable due to lockdown restrictions. As of July 26, 2021, the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the nation totalled 2,377,823, of which 69,775 proved fatal and 2,158,183 resulted in recovery while 5,202,583 vaccinations have been administered.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks during a televised address (file photo).

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