Masks are no longer required indoors, and there are no longer any limitations on meetings, Health Minister Joe Phaahla announced on Wednesday, Phaahla signed a repeal with one additional modification of border check for South Africa.
This happens at a time when the nation’s rate of COVID19 infections and fatalities is low.“We have been monitoring the epidemic working with the NICD and the current epidemiological analysis, pointing towards lower infection rates and that the country has exited the recent spike or 5th wave which the current limited regulations were promulgated to mitigate,” Phaahla said.
Regulation 16A refers to the “wearing of face masks to contain the spread of COVID-19”.Before Wednesday, wearing a face mask was mandatory in any public indoor venue or on public transportation. The phrase “regulation of gatherings to contain the spread of COVID-19” appears in Regulation 16B. Limits were placed on crowds of no more than 100 people and if everyone was vaccinated, up to 50% of the venue’s full capacity. A maximum of 1,000 individuals within and 2,000 outside were allowed if vaccination statuses were unknown. 16C is referred to in the phrase “regulation of those entering the nation to restrict the spread of COVID-19”, which demanded that travelers above the age of 12 submit negative PCR results, vaccination records, or documentation of their recovery from COVID-19. Tuesday’s release of an unconfirmed memo raised hopes that the administration would reconsider its position on mask use.
BREAKING NEWS: Health Minister Joe Phaahla has ended the mandatory use of #masks indoors as well as removed restrictions on #gatherings. This comes as the country experiences low #COVID19 infections and related deaths. @NkoRaphael pic.twitter.com/4NoPIVe77G
— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) June 22, 2022
At a media briefing on the conclusions of the Cabinet meeting, Phaala is anticipated to appear with Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele. At 11 a.m., the briefing is set to begin. The minister of health is anticipated to use the Presidency Ministry platform to address the public with the most recent COVID 19 regulations, provide clarification to the public, look ahead to how it will operate, and provide statistics regarding the current situation.
The most recent Covid 19 figures saw 1 028 new infections and 57 new fatalities. The nation has 13 520 ongoing Covid 19 cases, with a 97.1 percent recovery rate. In the meantime, opinions on the choice to abandon masks are divided.
The virus is still around,we are surely shooting ourselves in the foot.
People are still dying on daily basis from Covid-19.
The virus is still mutating producing new variants
— Mahlomola (@PasemSi) June 22, 2022
I think i am going to keep on sanitising my hands and wearing a mask in public anyway. It has significantly reduced my experience of colds and flu since February 2020.
— Chris Yelland (@chrisyelland) June 22, 2022
It's okay to celebrate the ban of face #Masks 💃🕺
Yet I feel sorry for our brothers and sisters who made a living from selling us masks… These people helped a lot of us. We forgot our masks on our way to work, only for them to be all over the streets selling
Siyabonga! 💯🤘🏾 pic.twitter.com/oNTHKYKSJ9
— Efkay Lele Legodi |Official ➐ (@lele_efkay) June 23, 2022
A 38-year-old man who traveled to Italy with his wife was the first person to be diagnosed with covid in this country. They returned to South Africa on March 1, 2020, as part of a group of ten persons. On March 3, the patient visited a private general practitioner with fever, headache, malaise, sore throat, and coughing fits. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases announced on Thursday, March 5, that a COVID-19 suspected case had tested positive the then Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize announced.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the total number of coronavirus cases worldwide has topped 172.9 million, while the number of fatalities has risen to over 3.71 million with 34,174,752 cases and 611,611 deaths, the US-led the world in both categories. India came in second with 28,574,350 infections and 340,719 fatalities. based on the Center for Systems Science and Engineering CSSE of the university.
As of March 2, 2022, there were 11,549,076 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa, which accounted for roughly 2.62 percent of all infections worldwide with more than 3.67 million infections, South Africa was the most severely impacted nation on the African continent.