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A girl wearing a mask looks on through a bus window in Eikenhof, south of Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: August 2020

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picture captionSouth Africa went right into a nationwide lockdown on 27 March

South Africa, which had one of many world’s earliest and strictest lockdowns, has introduced an extra easing of anti-coronavirus measures.

From 20 September an in a single day curfew will likely be lowered, gatherings will likely be allowed at 50% of a venue’s capability, and alcohol will once more be on sale.

“We’ve got withstood the coronavirus storm,”

mentioned President Cyril Ramaphosa in a televised handle to the nation.

However guidelines on social distancing and mask-wearing will stay in place.

South Africa – which went right into a nationwide lockdown on 27 March – has up to now reported greater than 650,000 confirmed infections, with over 15,000 deaths.

Nonetheless, the variety of new circumstances has dropped from about 12,000 per day in July to fewer than 2,000.

What did President Ramaphosa say?

“Now’s the time to return our nation, its individuals and our economic system to a state of affairs that’s extra regular, that extra resembles the lives that we had been residing six months in the past,” Mr Ramaphosa mentioned.

“It’s time to transfer to what’s going to grow to be our new regular for so long as the coronavirus is with us.”

media captionCoronavirus in South Africa: A day within the lifetime of a contact tracer

The president introduced that following consultations with well being consultants and officers from throughout South Africa, the nation would decrease its present alert Stage 2 to Stage 1 from midnight on 20 September.

  • Social, spiritual, political and different gatherings will likely be permitted, so long as the variety of individuals doesn’t exceed 50% of the conventional capability of a venue, as much as a most of 250 individuals indoors and 500 individuals open air
  • The utmost quantity of people that can attend a funeral is elevated from 50 to 100
  • Venues for train, recreation and leisure – corresponding to gyms and theatres – presently restricted to 50 individuals, will likely be allowed to accommodate as much as 50% of their venue’s capability
  • The nationwide 22:00 – 04:00 curfew will begin two hours later
  • Alcohol will likely be permitted for on-site consumption in licensed institutions

South Africa shut its borders on the star of the lockdown, however President Ramaphose mentioned that worldwide journey would resume from 1 October. These arriving in South Africa should current a detrimental coronavirus check taken inside three days of journey.

Mr Ramaphosa additionally mentioned {that a} additional stimulus package deal was being drawn as much as rebuild an economic system that has been savaged by the lockdown.

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