JOHANNESBURG, 26 July 2021 – South Africa has relaxed some of its COVID-19 restrictions amidst claims that it has largely passed the peak of its third wave of the pandemic.
Schools across the country reopened on Monday as part of the ease in restrictions announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Overall infections across the country fell 20 percent last week compared to the previous week.
The worry remains, though, as figures of infections continue to rise in three of the country’s provinces.
South African officials will continue to enforce face mask requirements.
Limits remain in place for public gatherings, the reopening of churches and the holding of weddings and funerals.
South Africa is also maintaining the night-time curfew.
The weekday ban on alcohol sales has been lifted and officials are allowing people to travel across provincial lines and across the country, according to the revised COVID-19 guidelines signed into law by President Ramaphosa.
South Africa is still home to more than a third of all confirmed COVID-19 cases all across Africa as well as for four in ten deaths from the virus across the continent.
As of Monday, public health officials had confirmed a total of 2.38 million COVID-19 cases, including 69,775 fatalities and just over two million (2.16 million) cases of recoveries.