This is with effect from Monday, 13 September 2021.
This follows a steady decline in new Covid-19 infections.
The President said the decrease in the number of new infections across the country spurred the decision to move the country to a lower level of restrictions.
“While the third wave is not yet over, we have seen a sustained decline in infections across the country over the last few weeks. The average number of daily new infections over the last week is 29% lower than the preceding seven days, and 48% lower than the seven days before that.
While the third wave peaked in Gauteng far earlier and declined far faster than in other provinces, there is now a marked decline across all provinces,” he said.
Ramaphosa said that after thorough consultations, cabinet had decided on the following measures for Adjusted Alert Level 2:
The President said the measures are expected to be reviewed in two weeks and warned that infections in the Free State and Northern Cape remain a concern.
On the vaccine front, President Ramaphosa announced that the country has secured enough Covid-19 vaccines to cover the entire adult population of South Africa.
Ramaphosa said although securing the vaccine doses is an important step; citizens still need to come forward to get the jab.To date, at least 14.6m vaccine doses have been administered with healthcare workers vaccinating one million South Africans every four to five days.
“We are increasing the pace of vaccination and ensuring that we reach those that are most vulnerable to serious illness. While everyone aged 18 years and older is eligible to be vaccinated, we are concentrating our efforts and resources on those over 60 years of age and those with co-morbidities. To date, over 57% of persons over 60 years of age have been vaccinated. This is a great achievement, but we need to reach them all,” he said.
Thus far, seven million people are now fully vaccinated.He said vaccines remain the strongest source of protection against severe illness and encouraged all unvaccinated people in South Africa to get the jab at one of the thousands of vaccination sites in the country.
“There is now overwhelming evidence from hundreds of countries that vaccines are safe and provide strong protection,” he said.
With the country set to elect new leadership for more than 250 municipalities on 1 November 2021, President Ramaphosa said discussions with political parties were held to reiterate the importance of Covid-19 health protocols and adherence to the National State of Disaster regulations.
The President also expressed concern at recent gender-based violence (GBV) incidents reported in the media.
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