South Africa is to remain at Adjusted Alert Level 4 Lockdown for another 14 days.
President Ramaphosa announced this during an address to the nation last night on progress in the national effort to contain the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.
The president pointed out that infections in the third wave “remain extremely high”.
“With the fast-spreading Delta variant, we are experiencing a third wave that is more severe than the first and second waves”, he said.
South Africa has consistently recorded an average of nearly 20,000 daily new cases over the past two weeks.
Currently, the country has over 200,000 active COVID-19 cases and, In the last two weeks, over 4,200 South Africans have lost their lives to COVID-19.
As a consequence, cabinet, after consultation with the provinces, took the decision to maintain the country at Adjusted Alert Level 4 for another 14 days.
Measures to remain in place until 25 July 2021 include:
• All social, political, religious and other gatherings remain prohibited.
• A curfew remains in place from 9pm until 4am – only those with permission to do so may leave their homes during this time.
• Sale of alcohol remains prohibited.
• Schools to remain closed until 26 July.
• Mandatory to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth in public.
Adjustments to the Alert Level 4 regulations include:
• Restaurants and eateries will be able to operate while observing strict health protocols – not to accommodate more than 50 people at a time or, for smaller venues, more than 50 per cent of normal capacity.
• Other venues such as gyms and fitness centres to open and activities such as agricultural livestock and game auctions to be allowed.
In terms of the vaccination programme, over 4.2 million people in South Africa have received a vaccine dose with one million vaccinations over the past seven weekdays.
Presently, nearly 190,000 people are on average being vaccinated each weekday.
Currently both the 60+ and 50+ age groups are being vaccinated and from 15 July those over 35 years of age will be able to register on the Electronic Vaccination Data System with vaccination for this group set to commence on 1 August 2021.
According to the president, the African Union and the European Union have reached a “historic agreement that will significantly improve the supply of vaccines to our country and our sister countries on the African continent”.
Aspen will, from late July, deliver over 17 million Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses to South Africa and other African countries over the next three months.
The president also announced that the Unemployment Insurance Fund has decided that the COVID-19 TERS scheme should be extended to sectors that are affected by Adjusted Level 4 restrictions.
“The details of the extension will be published shortly following the finalisation of the full scheme, which will include further details on who is eligible for this support”, he said.