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SA Moves To Lockdown Level 2

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President Cyril Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Sunday evening to announce further lockdown restrictions. 

The country will be moving to lockdown level 2, starting on Monday 31 May. 

This comes as the country has been seeing an increase in positive cases, above the 10% infection rate. 

"The proportion of COVID-19 tests that are positive has more than doubled in the last month from around 4 per cent to more than 11 per cent, even as we have increased testing across the country.

"According to our health experts, the recent surge in new infections is due to the increasing number of social gatherings where people are not observing essential health protocols."

The new restrictions put in place under level 2 will go as follows:

  • Curfew will start at 11pm and end at 4am.

  • Restaurants, bars and fitness centres will need to close by 10pm.

  • All gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 100 people indoors and 250 people outdoors.

All funerals will remain limited to a gathering of no more than 100 people, and no 'after tears' gatherings will be allowed. 

The President has urged members of the public to wear a mask at all times when in public spaces and to limit movement in order to curb the spread of the virus. 

"We must remember that the virus does not move from place to place by itself; it relies on the movement of people. The less we travel, the less the virus is spread.

It is especially important to avoid indoor spaces, as the coronavirus is spread through the air when a person speaks, coughs or sneezes." said the President 

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