Ramaphosa shifts nation to Level 1: Lockdown is SA's 'new normal'

Ramaphosa shifts nation to Level 1: Lockdown is SA's 'new normal'

- President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed South Africans once more on the Covid-19 pandemic

- Ramaphosa announced a number of changes to the national lockdown on Wednesday evening

- As expected, Ramaphosa has relaxed the lockdown to Level 1 which he dubbed the new normal

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will be moving to alert Level 1 of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Ramaphosa described this stage as the 'new normal' for as long as the nation is faced with the virus. This stage will come into effect on Sunday at midnight.

Ramaphosa explained that levels of infections are relatively low and that the health care system is able to cope with demand.

The restrictions on gatherings have been relaxed with a new limit, 50% of a venue's capacity, imposed. However, a limit of 250 people for indoors and 500 for outdoors has been set.

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The maximum amount of people permitted at a funeral is now 100 with night vigils still banned.

Ramaphosa announced a shift to Level 1. Image: GCIS/ Flickr
Source: UGC

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The restrictions on international travel will gradually and cautiously be lifted with effect from 1 October.

Certain countries with high infection rates will still be subjected to restrictions. Travellers will be limited to the three main airports and will be required to present a negative Covid-19 test done within 72 hours.

Failing to produce these results will see travellers required to cover the costs of mandatory isolation.

The curfew will now apply between midnight and 4am. Liquor will now be sold between Monday and Friday with strict regulations governing on-site trade.

President Ramaphosa said that the government is hard at work on an economic recovery plan as the impact of the lockdown continues to weigh heavily on the nation.

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The Unemployment Insurance Fund TERS scheme will now be extended for the remainder of the Covid-19 lockdown, with a more detailed plan set to be released in due course.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that South African youths are faced with an unprecedented situation at a time when they should be eyeing advancing both in their careers and life in general.

Research carried out by Gumtree, a virtual classifieds community, suggests that 64% of citizens between the ages of 21 and 35 may need to return to their parent's home in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

With Finance Minister Tito Mboweni warning that the economy may contract by another 7% later this year after already shrinking by 51% in the second quarter, the situation seems likely to worsen.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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