“Dramatic drop” in cases and easing of restrictions

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday evening a further reduction since Monday of the restrictions imposed to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the most affected country on the continent, after a “spectacular drop” in the number of contaminations.

This relief, which comes into force as of this Sunday at midnight (22:00 GMT), will allow the resumption of most economic activities, in a country with an economy hit by the virus. In a televised address, Ramaphosa reported a steady decline in pollution and hospital admissions over the past eight weeks. “Thanks to the decrease in the number of infections, the country can now ease some restrictions on travel and economic activity“, ad.” We do it with caution, “he added.

The country goes directly from alert level 3 to alert level 1 – on a scale of 5 -: the national curfew has been noticeably shortened and will now take effect between midnight and 4 a.m. According to the head of state, South Africa has registered just under 10,000 new cases of Covid-19 in the last week, compared to over 40,000 in the last week of January and around 90,000 in the last week. From the last week of December. .

Attributed this “dramatic drop” public health measures, behavioral changes and acquisition of immunity in those previously infected. Some restrictive measures had already been relaxed on 1 February: the sale of alcohol and religious gatherings had been notably reauthorized and the duration of the curfew had already been reduced.

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