Adjusted Alert Level 3 Lockdown extended due to second wave of Coronavirus pandemic
As South Africa battles the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in his address on Monday, 11 January 2021, that the Adjusted Alert Level 3 Lockdown Regulations announced on 28 December 2020 will remain in place unit 15 February 2021, with only an amendment to the curfew. President Ramaphosa said it was necessary for the country to remain on Level 3 until the peak of new infections passes and the country was certain that the rate of transmission has fallen. He said that the country had recorded 190 000 new infections and 4 600 related deaths since the turn of the New Year. Cumulatively, South Africa has recorded over 1,2 million infections and 33 000 related deaths since March 2020, when South Africa confirmed its first case.
Just over 15 000 patients are being treated in hospitals across the country. Around a third of all COVID-19 patients in hospitals are on oxygen. “There is an intensive focus in our health facilities on increasing oxygen supply and activating field hospital beds,” said the President Ramaphosa, adding that additional vacant posts were being filled. Beyond this, personal protective equipment stocks are being jointly monitored with the Office of Health Standards Compliance.
“Research undertaken by South African scientists has shown that the massive increase in infections is largely driven by a variant of the Coronavirus known as 501.v2, a variant first identified in South Africa in November 2020,” he said.
The Regulations are:
In addition to these, the 20 land borders that are currently open will be closed until 15 February 2021 for general purposes, except for the transport of fuel, cargo or goods or for emergency medical treatment, South Africans returning home, diplomats and daily travellers to South Africa for educational purposes. These include the six busiest border posts, which are Beitbridge, Lebombo, Maseru Bridge, Oshoek, Ficksburg and Kopfontein.
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CoGTA Adjusted Alert Level 3 Lockdown Regulations 44066, 11 January 2021
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