SA moves to Level 2 Lockdown

By Irshaad Gangat

The lockdown announced on March 23 was put in place to prepare the health system adequately.

In his natinwide address on August 15, Ramaphosa highlighted that the number of patients decreased from 10 000 to 4000 in hospitals since the beginning of the month while many field hospitals are empty.

“Progress is not possible without our Doctors and healthcare workers,” said Ramaphosa. He added that some have sadly lost their lives. Ramaphosa further paid tribute and saluted our healthcare advisors and our front line workers in our communities.

“We must not let our guard down,” warned Ramaphosa. He added as more people return to work we should not abandon our healthcare precautions that are in place.

The President advised that we wear a mask, protect the elderly and those with underlying conditions. Avoid social gatherings. Wash hands with soap and sanitise regularly.

He further acknowledge the hardship and pain that SAs have had to endure over the last 5 months.

“Due to the actions we have taken collectively and individually, cabinet has decided to place South Africa under Level 2 lockdown restrictions from Monday midnight August 17,” said Ramaphosa.

All interprovincial travel restrictions is lifted, restrictions on accomodation, restaurants, bars, taverns lifted, tabacco and alcohol restriction is lifted. Restrictions on family and social visits are lifted.

As restrictions ease, the current international travel restriction will remain in place, and no spectators are allowed to attend sporting events.

The national state of disaster is extended to September 15.

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