President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday night mentioned SA had weathered Covid-19’s “fierce and damaging storm”, asserting a transfer to alert degree one.
“With the additional progress we have now made as infections have come down, we are actually prepared for a brand new section in our response to the pandemic,” mentioned Ramaphosa.
“It’s time to transfer what’s going to change into our new regular… it’s now time to take away as most of the remaining restrictions on financial and social acitivy as within reason secure to do.”
After looking for recommendation from varied stakeholders, “cupboard determined this morning that the nation ought to now transfer to degree one.”
This takes impact at midnight on Sunday, September 20.
“At the same time as restrictions have eased… there was a gradual however regular decline in new infections, hospitalisations and deaths… We’ve succeeded in overcoming the worst section of this pandemic,” the president mentioned in his deal with to the nation.
The restoration fee was now 89% and the variety of common every day infections has dropped from a median of 12 000 a day to 2000 a day.
However he warned, “by any measure, we’re nonetheless within the midst of a lethal epidemic”.
It was key that SA didn’t get hit by a second surge in infections.
“We need to keep away from that,” mentioned Ramaphosa.
This was why the Covid-19 testing standards would now be expanded.
“As a result of decline in new infections… We now have adequate testing capability to develop the standards for testing.”