President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday evening stated SA had actually weathered Covid-19’s “intense and devastating storm”, announcing a relocate to alert level one.
” With the additional progress we have made as infections have boiled down, we are now prepared for a new stage in our reaction to the pandemic,” stated Ramaphosa.
” It is time to move what will become our new normal … it is now time to eliminate as much of the remaining limitations on financial and social acitivy as is fairly safe to do.”
After seeking advice from different stakeholders, “cabinet decided this morning that the country need to now move to level one.”
This works at midnight on Sunday, September 20.
” Even as restrictions have actually relieved … there has actually been a progressive but constant decline in brand-new infections, hospitalisations and deaths … We have prospered in overcoming the worst stage of this pandemic,” the president said in his address to the country.
The healing rate was now 89%and the variety of typical daily infections has actually dropped from an average of 12 000 a day to 2000 a day.
However he alerted, “by any procedure, we are still in the middle of a fatal epidemic”.
It was key that SA did not get hit by a second rise in infections.
” We wish to prevent that,” stated Ramaphosa.
This was why the Covid-19 testing requirements would now be broadened.
” Due to the decrease in new infections … We now have sufficient testing capacity to expand the criteria for testing.”