The Delta variant of Covid-19 is rapidly displacing the previously dominant Beta variant. Gauteng now accounts for more than 60% of new cases in the country and with the exceptions of the Northern Cape and Free State, infections are rising rapidly in all other provinces.
He said the variant is more transmissible, more contagious and there is mounting evidence that people who have had the Beta variant don't have full immunity against the Delta variant. In addition, he said that the measures that were in place under Amended Alert Level 3 were not sufficient to curb the spread of the virus..
The Delta variant has now been detected in five of the provinces, namely the Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape.
Under Adjusted Alert Level 4, the following measures are now in place.
To contain the massive surge in infections, South Africa will be moving to Alert Level 4 for a period of 14 days. Additional restrictions will be in place from tomorrow, 28th June 2021.#StaySafe #CoronaVirusSA #Ramaphosa #Level4 #14Days pic.twitter.com/2XPY21cBgq— Presidency | South Africa ���� (@PresidencyZA) June 27, 2021
Ramaphosa said schools will start closing on Wednesday, and all schools will be expected to be closed by Friday.
President #Ramaphosa: All public and private #schools will close early for the winter break. Schools will start to close from Wednesday, 30 June.#StaySafe #CoronaVirusSA #Ramaphosa #Level4 #14Days pic.twitter.com/MgzL6fvud1— Presidency | South Africa ���� (@PresidencyZA) June 27, 2021
Contact classes at tertiary institutions will end by Wednesday with limited access to the institutions. Residences will however remain open.
The president said most businesses will continue to operate at full capacity and should not be affected.
President #Ramaphosa: Alert #level4 measures will allow most economic activity to continue:— Presidency | South Africa ���� (@PresidencyZA) June 27, 2021
•Go to work if unable to work remotely
•Retail stores will remain open
•Factories, mines, farms, & other businesses will continue to operate
•Travel freely within your province pic.twitter.com/gHlPkk0B0s