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President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday at 8pm said South Africa is moving to lockdown level 1 (Image file: Twitter)

South Africa moves to lockdown level 1 with minor changes from level 3

Talane – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday afternoon when giving speech at 8pm, said that SA can now move to alert level 1 of lockdown under certain conditions.

One of which being the sale of alcohol getting back to normal but prohibited by the curfew as its still in place.

Almoqr 50,000 people died of Covid-19 infections country since the breakout, and about 1,1 million Covid-19 infection cases have been recorded thus far.

About the vaccine…

Over 67,000 frontline healthcare workers have been vaccinated over the past ten days.

“We have recently signed an agreement with Johnson and Johnson to secure 11 million doses. Of these doses, 2.8 million doses will be delivered in the second quarter and the rest spread throughout the year,” said Ramaphosa.

The number of vaccination sites were said to be 17, Ramaphosa said they will be expanded next week from 17 sites to 49 sites.

“Of the 49 sites, 32 will be at public hospitals and 17 sites in private hospitals and will include sites in rural areas to improve access to rural healthcare workers.”

“Once the vaccination of healthcare workers has been completed, the second phase of the vaccine roll-out is anticipated to begin in late April or early May.”

The president announced that Cabinet decided to move the country from Coronavirus Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 1.

Under the new Alert Level, the following regulations will come into effect:

  • The hours of the national curfew will now be from 12 midnight to 4 am.
  • Gatherings will be permitted, subject to limitations on size, adherence to social distancing and other health protocols including religious, social, political and cultural gatherings.
  • The maximum number of people allowed at any gathering is 100 people indoors or 250 people outdoors.
  • Where the venue is too small to accommodate these numbers with appropriate social distancing, then no more than 50 per cent of the capacity of the venue may be used.
  • Night vigils or other gatherings before or after funerals are still not permitted.
  • Nightclubs will remain closed.
  • The sale of alcohol will be permitted, according to normal licence provisions. However, no alcohol may be sold during the hours of curfew.
  • The wearing of masks in public places is still mandatory, and failure to wear a mask when required remains a criminal offence.
  • The 33 land border posts that have been closed throughout the lockdown period will remain closed, while the other 20 will remain open.
  • Only five airports will be open for international travel with standard infection control measures.

The five airports open for international travel are as follows;

  1. OR Tambo International Airport,
  2. Cape Town International Airport,
  3. King Shaka,
  4. Kruger Mpumalanga, and
  5. Lanseria airports.