The cabinet has approved the extension of the national state of disaster until October 15.
The extension was approved to “continue giving effect to the regulations that remain relevant to manage the spread of Covid-19 infections,” spokesperson Phumla Williams said in a statement on the outcome of a virtual cabinet meeting.
“Cabinet welcomes the drop in the number of new confirmed Covid-19 cases over the past few weeks and the improved recovery rate that has increased to 87%. The number of people requiring admission in our hospitals and the demand for Covid-19 tests have also dropped.”
“Cabinet thanks all South Africans for playing their part in adhering to restrictions to flatten the curve. We commend the dedication and sacrifice of all health professionals who have been our front-line defence against the virus.”
Lockdown Level 1
According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africans can look forward to more announcements in the next few days.
Speaking during a virtual meeting with the South African National Editors Forum, he said there will also be a review of lockdown regulations.
“As the National Coronavirus Command Council, we are having to evaluate a number of proposals put to us by a number of sectors of society including religious leaders asking that we consider extending the number of people allowed in worship.
He said churches are asking for at least half of their congregations and worshippers to attend instead of the stipulated 50 as per current level 2 regulations.
Ramaphosa said council has also had requests from the sports and entertainment sector as well as hoteliers and the tourism sector.
“We are doing an evaluation of the infection rate and will get advice from the Medical Advisory Committee and the NATJoints teams. Watch this space, next week where we end up as a nation in as far as this is concerned,” he said.