COVID -19: South Africa’s state of disaster to end soon – Ramaphosa


South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced an end to the state of disaster he declared more than two years ago to manage the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Ramaphosa, lifting the state of emergency will do away with the vast majority of remaining COVID-19 restrictions, aside from a few that will remain in place on a transitional basis

“While the pandemic is not over, while the virus remains amongst us, these conditions no longer require we remain in a national state of disaster,” He said

South Africa, the continent’s most industrialised economy and the worst-hit in terms of reported infections and deaths, has been in an ‘adjusted level 1’ lockdown, or the lowest of a five tier system since October.

Amid criticism for not ending the state of disaster and maintaining some painful measures that weighed on the country’s struggling economy, Ramaphosa eased restrictions further in March.

Meanwhile, the transitional measures that remain in place, such as a requirement to wear masks indoors, rules for travellers and a directive that enables the payment of a special relief grant, will lapse after 30 days,

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