After 750 days President Ramaphosa has announced that the State of Disaster, implemented to assist the government in dealing with Covid-19, will end. However a number of restrictions will remain in place as Covid-19 has not disappeared completely. The question many are asking is whether masks will still be required?
Two years after the announcement of a national State of Disaster was declared to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak, the President has said that it will finally be lifted. However this won't happen straight away. However some changes to the current rules on issues like wearing masks are to be made immediately.
There was some relaxation to the lockdown rules when President Cyril Ramaphosa made his more recent speech to the county on Sunday night. The third wave is not over he said, but it is significantly easing so the government has decided that the rules can be relaxed to allow some more freedom of movement and business to return.
Closing down schools and having rotational attendance rosters were measures taken for short-term relief against the Covid-19 pandemic. Research by the Basic Education department is now showing that impact in lost teaching and learning will be long lasting - impacting on a generation of learners.
There is no place for violence was the message from President Cyril Ramaphosa who was making his second speech to the country in two days.
New tougher restrictions have been put in place for two weeks in an effort to break the chain of infection as the new highly-infectious Delta variant has taken a hold in many provinces in South Africa. As it is far more contagious it is expected to lead to far more people needing hospital treatment in a shorter period of time.
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Because of the reduction in new cases of Covid-19 the government relaxed the national lockdown to level 1 which means that there will be more movement and activity allowed. However President Cyril Ramaphosa reiterated that there are still restrictions in place and we cannot relax in social distancing and other protective measures. Click here for full details
With the unprecedented disruptions that occurred to the schooling calendar of 2020 it is not surprising that the results for the Matrics of 2020 were not as good as those of previous years. The Minister of Basic Education has announced that the national Senior Certificate pass rate for the 2020 Matric exams dropped by 5 percentage points.
The Minister of Health has announced details of the exact arrival time of the first doses of Covid-19 vaccines that will be coming to South Africa from their production facility in India. In a evenining webinar the Minister shared the long-awaited details with the public, with many critising the government for moving too slowly in securing the vaccines.
There are over 15 000 people in hospital at the moment for Covid-19 and about a third of them are on oxygen treatment, as the new variant of Covid-19 spread across the country. The President announced new measures the government has decided on to tackle the pandemic.
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Cyril Ramaphosa's government is being roundly criticised for not acting fast enough to secure vaccine supplies to protect health workers and other vulnerable groups from Covid-19.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced an update on the Covid-19 challenge in the country, and changes to the national lockdown regulations. The whole country will be moving to level 2 of lockdown which will allow most economic activity to resume.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a move down to level 2 of national lockdown. We have the full text of his speech if you are looking for the details.
Finally Matrics can get some certainty about a year that has been nothing but disruption. The timetable for the final matric exams has been released. The exams will now be written up until the 15th of December and more than 1 million candidates will be writing.
As Covid-19 is a novel virus that has never occurred before it was not know whether people who were currently battling HIV and TB would have a worse outcome than average if they became infected with this Coronavirus. Now research has been published by the Abdool-Karim professors who specialise in infectious diseases, and it is good news for those who are HIV positive or infected with TB.
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