South Africa moves to lockdown Level 1 as Covid cases decline
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday announced that the country was adjusting its COVID-19 situation from Level 3 to Level 1 as from midnight.
Ramaphosa said that the cabinet had decided earlier today to downgrade the national alert level due to a decline in coronavirus infections.
“Due to the decline in infections, the country can now ease some of the restrictions on movement and activity, but do so cautiously,” Ramaphosa said in his state of the nation address.
Some of the regulations under the Level 1 alert include the ban of night vigils or other gatherings before or after funerals, nightclubs to remain closed, curfew hours to run from 12 midnight to 4 am, permit to the selling of alcohol, gatherings limited to 100 indoors and 250 outdoors and that 33 land borders to remain closed while 20 will remain open.
Ramaphosa also added that only five airports will be open for international flights and that wearing of masks in public by all persons is mandatory.