South Africa moves to Level 3 lockdown, fighting its third wave of COVID-19 infections
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in a national address on Tuesday, 15 June 2021, that COVID-19 Lockdown Adjusted Alert Level 3 will be in place from Wednesday, 16 June 2021, to stop the country’s health facilities from being overwhelmed. The president said that the priority now is to ensure that there are enough beds and healthcare workers to give the best possible care to those who need it. Most notable change is that all small children under the age of six, will have to wear masks when in public from Wednesday, 16 June 2021.
The new restrictions include:
President Ramaphosa said that the country has a ‘mountain to climb’ as it faces a third wave of infections with daily infections doubling in the last two weeks. Hospital admissions are 59 percent and deaths have increased by 48 percent over the same time period, he added. With the exception of the Northern Cape, all provinces are experiencing a rise in infections, with most provinces either in an official third wave or reaching this point.
Ramaphosa said that Gauteng is a particular concern and that it is set to pass its second wave peak in the coming days.
South Africa reported a total of 8 436 new cases on Tuesday, which represents a 17,8 percent positivity rate. This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 1 761 066. The majority of new cases recorded on Tuesday are from the Gauteng province (64%), followed by the Western Cape (7%), North West (6%), Free State (6%) and KwaZulu-Natal (5%). A further 208 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 58 087.
As we are entering this third wave, we commend all frontline workers and first responders for their unwavering dedication and perseverance facing these challenges. Stay safe!
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CoGTA Adjusted Alert Level 3 Lockdown Regulations 44715, 15 June 2021
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