- President Cyril Ramaphosa has provided SA with an update on the Covid-19 national lockdown
- Ramaphosa shifted SA to Level 2 with the bans on tobacco and liquor lifted as of Monday
- This comes after the National State of Disaster was extended by another month on Saturday
President Cyril Ramaphosa has once again addressed South Africa on the Covid-19 pandemic and the national lockdown that has been in place since March.
Ramaphosa noted that, while infection rates are slowing, over 11 000 citizens have lost their battle with the virus since the first case was announced.
The president says that every indication points to SA having already reached peak infections with projections showing positive signs for the nation's progress.
The president announced that SA will be moving to Level 2 of the lockdown with effect from Monday evening at midnight.
This means that nearly all restrictions will effectively be eased with Ramaphosa announcing the following changes:
- Inter-provincial travel is now permitted
- The hospitality industry is now permitted to open
- Restaurants, bars and taverns are permitted to open
- The ban on tobacco and liquor has also been lifted
- Large gatherings remain banned
- International travel still subjected to restrictions
- The curfew between 10pm and 4am remains in place
Ramaphosa warned that, as SA eases restrictions, the risk of an increase in infections is higher with the president urging citizens against becoming complacent.
Second waves in other countries were highlighted as a prediction of what would happen should SA fail to take care.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has had her request for a 30-day extension of the Covid-19 National State of Disaster approved.
A government notice was issued on Saturday with the minister confirming that the lockdown will now be extended until 15 September:
"[This is] taking into account the need to continue augmenting the existing legislation and contingency arrangements undertaken by organs of state to address the impact of the disaster."
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