- President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Sunday evening and announced that South Africa would move from adjusted Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3
- A host of new measures have come into place as the restrictions are relaxed, the curfew will stay in place
- Alcohol will be allowed to be sold once again and bars and restaurants will be able to trade again
He briefly touched upon the violent protests that rocked the country. He said the measures put in place and the adherence to these restrictions by South Africans has resulted in a drop in new Covid-19 infections.
From the 1st of September people between the ages of 18 -34 would be allowed to be vaccinated. Everyone over the age 35 is now eligible for the vaccine.
Ramaphosa announced that South Africa would move from adjusted Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3.
Alert Level 3 Restrictions
- Curfew to remain in place 4 am to 10 pm
- Inter-provincial travel allowed
- Bar and restaurants will be allowed to open
- Alcohol sales will resume
Covid-19 decline not universal across the country
The decline in infections is not equally distributed across the country and many of the new infections are being driven by the Delta variant of the virus.
Vaccine drive to increase the number of jabs
Over 10% of the population has been vaccinated and the capacity to hand out vaccines will be increased.
The government plans on making a substantial increase in the number of vaccines being distributed due to an increase in the supply of Covid-19 vaccines.
South Africa will become a producer of vaccines on the African continent.
35 Million vaccines by Christmas is the new target set by the DoH
Over six million vaccine doses have so far been administered in the country. According to the Health Department, the cumulative total was recorded on Thursday, 22 July. Of the six million, 238 020 were given out in the last 24 hours.
On Friday, just over one million people in the country were fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine while more than 1.1 million have been vaccinated with the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The Health Department has now looked at its Covid-19 vaccine targets for the country. By Christmas, the DoH plans to have vaccinated around 35 million.
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